The Presidency has denied allegations made by the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi that President Goodluck Jonathan was deploying oil revenues meant for the state to his (Jonathan) nativeBayelsaState.
It will be recalled that the recently defectedRiversStategovernor, came out to give reasons for dumping the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressive Congress (APC) yesterday.
Mr Amaechi had said, “RiversStatemust know that for me to have taken that decision, I had looked at the general interests of Rivers people. I was not elected to leadNigeria; I was elected to leadRiversStateand I had looked at the interests of Rivers people and have seen that these interests were not protected in PDP.
“I have seen the fact that we are losing our oil wells in Etche, in the Kalabari areas and that the more they continue to pilfer these oil wells, the more we will continue to lose our wealth.”
However, in its response, the Presidency said that Amaechi was engaging in blackmail “That is a wrong allegation. I am sure he too knows that the matter is between Bayelsa and Rivers and that what the President did was to act as a peacemaker in the matter.
“To say that the president favours Baylesa is sheer blackmail. The president is the father of everybody. If he is going to APC that is fine, but for him to package a personal interest as group interest is utterly mischievous”, the Presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati said.