National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has described the Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi as the best for him. Tukur based his choice of the governor on his performance and achievements in the state, particularly the numerous people-oriented projects embarked upon by his administration.
The PDP National Chairman made the observation yesterday in an interview with journalists after inspecting projects including the new world-class Kesley Harrison Hospital and the ultra- modern state-of-the-art Maxillo-Facial Hospital built by the Amaechi-led administration in Port Harcourt. Earlier on Friday, he had seen the Port Harcourt-Owerri road, a 42- kilometre federal road done by the Amaechi administration, the new model primary and secondary schools, one of the over 120 new health centres, the Songhai Farm in Tai, Afam Power project, Obiri-Ikwerre Interchange on the East –West road, and the over 38,000-seater new stadium being constructed in the Greater Port Harcourt city.
He said with the level of social and economic transformation in the state, Port Harcourt has joined the list of developed cities of the world. Tukur noted that basic developmental projects in the area of road, infrastructure and transportation, education, health and economic transformation had become, “a glaring programme people can see in the heart of the nation, as efforts have been directed and focused on fantastic development and achievements by the Amaechi administration”.
He added: “What I mean by a developed state in the comity of nations is when you can see education being transformed, health and infrastructure are given priority. Whatever things (infrastructures) developed countries can be proud of, we also have them in Rivers State”, Tukur stated. Explaining further, Tukur said: “God has given us land, water and people, and if you take our people and give them education, a secure environment and sustainability so that things can keep revolving and evolving, making it a continuous process, a state or nation becomes a developed nation.
Without mincing words, since Friday, when I arrived Port Harcourt, I have been inspecting one project or the other till this morning (Saturday)… It is very difficult to praise your son because he’s (Amaechi) the best for me”, he added. Earlier at a dinner party held in his honour at Government House on Friday night, Alhaji Tukur declared that PDP would never lose to any party, if transformational leaders like Governor Amaechi were boldly behind the party. “Believe you me, PDP will never lose to any party if people like Governor Amaechi stand boldly behind us; we will win and continue to win in any election. Support your governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, support our party, and be sure to win your elections.
“What I have seen today, gave me hope. I saw first of all, the development of the educational sector and I want to say education is key, the laboratory facilities in the new model schools and the ICT facilities will indeed spur the students to major in science subjects, thank you Amaechi for doing this. But the whole of these projects need sustainability, continue to aim at your target to achieve your goals and vision,” he said. Tukur urged party faithful to always embrace peace and reconcile differences to achieve set targets for the party.
On his part, Governor Amaechi assured Tukur that PDP Governors would support and remain loyal to the party at all times, urging him to always lead the party to victory. “We assure you that governors will support and remain loyal to the party, we need each other at such a challenging moment. Lead us to victory and it is Important that we don’t take ourselves for granted, so that we will continue to lead ourselves and the party to victory. “The PDP Governors will do everything necessary to ensure that they deliver to the people.
You are one man from the private sector that has come to the public sector and you came with the experience of the private sector and I commend you for your sacrifice and wish to recall one of the things you told me, ‘Young man, I am here to help you people.’ I ask you to extend that help so that the party will move forward”, Amaechi stated.