Atiku Prioritises Completion Of East-West Road
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has promised to complete the East-West road, provide key infrastructural developments and also give traditional rulers their pride of place elected on Saturday.
Abubakar who gave the assurance during a meeting with Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers at their council secretariat in Port Harcourt, last Monday said the East-West road project was started when he was Vice president in 2004, and wondered why it could not be completed.
He regretted the abandonment ports in the state, and stating that such infrastructures were important to the economy of the state and the nation.
According to him, as the Waziri of Adamawa State and a king maker, traditional rulers would be given priority attention as they were the custodian of the culture and tradition were also closer to the people at the grassroots.
He promised to revisit the issue of restructuring which was his brain-child vice president, saying that it is the best as it would involve all sectors and parts of the states.
The PDP presidential candidate said traditional rulers need prayers to succeed as leaders of their communities and enjoined them to enlighten their subjects on the importance of the election.
In his speech, Rivers State Governor Chief Nyesom Wike said although he had advised traditional rulers not to indulge into active politics because of their position, they were entitled to vote for candidates of their choice, and assured that Rivers State will support any presidential candidate that has restructuring as part of his agenda for the good of the state and Niger Delta in general.
Earlier, the chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom, His Majesty, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Jeki v, thanked the presidential candidate for the visit, saying that, Waziri Adamawa, he understood the sensibilities of traditional rulers.
King Jaja said they earnestly pray for the day a traditional ruler would become the president of this country to reverse the injustice the 1999 constitution meted on the traditional institution by completely divesting the institution of a role and also appealed to him to make good his campaign promise of restructuring as the people of Nigeria.
The chairman noted that restructuring will address the imbalance in the system to enthrone equity, adding that, “Rather than being treated fairly, our state is deprived and denied of basic infrastructure”.
He reiterated that restructuring would address most of the injustice that had kept the region underdeveloped since oil was struck in Oloibiri in 1956.