Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday stated that Igbos benefitted nothing from former president, Goodluck Jonathan, even though they massively supported him in 2011.
While speaking at a forum held to discuss the importance of social media in the polity in Ikeja, the Lagos state capital, on Tuesday, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said the Igbos did not benefit from the support they gave to former president, Goodluck Jonathan.
According to Premium Times, the former Rivers state governor who commented on the support of the former president enjoyed from the Igbo people, said Jonathan failed them in spite of his numerous promises.
“The Igbos gave Jonathan support, what did he do for you?” Amaechi asked, rhetorically. “Of course!” he said in response to chant of “Nothing!” by some members of the audience.
“President Jonathan went to Onitsha and danced and promised to construct Onitsha bridge. Right? After that nothing happened,” he said.
“Now we are fixing the bridge without making promise. Or did we promise to construct Onitsha bridge? I didn’t hear him (Mr. Buhari) say he would construct Onitsha bridge during the campaign…except someone spoke on his behalf.
“Today we are constructing the second bridge…which is the River Niger bridge,” Amaechi said.
The former Rivers state governor who served on the umbrella of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), said that party stalwarts from the south east region should be ashamed that they were seeing the president five times in a day and they could not get the road constructed.
“The relevance of a politician is not determined by how much he has in his pocket. It is determined by how much development he is able to bring…,” he said.
“The Port Harcourt-Owerri road was terrible. One day I made the mistake as governor to try to go to Owerri and I passed through Aba. I wept. Now we are constructing that road; it may not be at the speed that you want but we are constructing the road. The next road I mentioned is the Enugu-Onitsha.
“We are doing Port Harcourt-Enugu, the most important road to the Igbo. The next most important road to the Igbo is Enugu to Onitsha, and he (Mr. Buhari) is doing it again… So who is better?
“The last man you people were dancing with at Onitsha bridge that promised you people that ‘Azikiwe commissioned this bridge and the second Azikiwe commissioned it again’ and never put a stone and the man who doesn’t talk at all… who didn’t make promise and he is doing it, which one do you prefer?”
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