08 December 2013, POort Harcourt – Rivers State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described as criminal and unacceptable, the alleged conversion of the Federal Government’s oil Subsidy Reinvestment Programme, SURE-P, to membership hunting enterprise for All Progressives Congress, APC.
The party, in a statement by Mr. Jerry Needam, Special Adviser on Media to the state chairman, said the funds saved from the increase in the pump price of petroleum products since 2012 were meant for youth empowerment across the states of the federation, irrespective of gender, tribe or political affiliation, alleging that Governor Rotimi Amaechi, rather than oblige Rivers youths the privilege of benefitting from the programme, was using registration into the APC as a condition to benefit.
He said this was very unfortunate, asking all eligible Rivers youths to apply for the programme as of right.
According to the statement, “the government, under the Amaechi administration, has, over the two years of the programme’s existence (January 2012 – December 2013), collected billions of naira meant to be transmitted across the rural areas to ensure an even spread but to no avail. The party is not happy that all the amounts so far collected by Governor Amaechi in this respect are mismanaged and channeled into Amaechi’s political activities.”