- by Victor Edozie, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi yesterday denied claims made by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the state finances have dwindled because he is using state coffers to fund the campaigns of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Amaechi, who spoke at the campaign rally of the APC governorship candidate in the state Dakuku Peterside held in Port Harcourt said: “I don’t fund the APC.”
He said: “Rivers State Government has no money to fund the APC. They have been accusing me of using Rivers money to fund the APC. The APC is a big party, so it can fund its activities. I do not fund the APC with Rivers money. I challenge all those who have been accusing me of funding the APC to show just one account through which I fund the APC with monies belonging to Rivers State.”
Amaechi pleaded with APC members to endeavour to collect their permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) to enable them vote for General Muhammadu Buhari in the February 14, 2015 presidential election. “Buhari can win the presidential election if you vote for him,” he stressed..
“Your vote can make the needed change in Nigeria. Buhari will make sure that the Thieves Among Nigerians (TANS) do not steal your money again. He will then use the money he has saved to build roads, infrastructure and fight poverty and create jobs for millions of Nigerians.”
Speaking at the rally, APC’s candidate Peterside called on the people of Rivers State to vote for their destiny and that of their children. “The 2015 governorship election is not about ethnicity, it is not about our individual tribe, it is not about where you come from, it is about your destiny and the destiny of your children. It is about our collective future.”
He said if elected, his government would be predicated on four key policies, which include security and respect for the rule of law, regulation of infrastructural projects, development of human capital and wealth creation.