Questions For President Jonathan As He Visits Cross River This Week BY OBONO OBLA

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President Goodluck Jonathan was chosen as the Vice Presidential running mate of late President Umaru Musa Yaradua in the 2007 presidential election mainly because he is from Bayelsa State in the South/South Region in accordance with the Zoning Policy of his Party –Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

It is instructive that Cross River State is one of the States in the South/South Geo Political Region.

President Jonathan was sworn in as Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from the 29th May 2007.

As a result of the incapacitation of late President Yaradua, the National Assembly of Nigeria invoked the Doctrine of Necessity and by a resolution appointed President Jonathan, Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 9th February 2010.

On the 5th May 2010, President Yaradua passed away after protracted illness. On the 6th February 2010, President Jonathan was sworn into office as the 4th elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

On the 10th May 2011, President Jonathan was sworn into office as the elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria after emerging victorious in the presidential election held in April, 2011.

President Jonathan in his campaign tour of Cross River State of Nigeria promised that if he is elected he would fix all the Federal Highways in the State.

He said that he would build a petro chemical industry in the Cross River State.

President Jonathan promised to provide a solution for the Bakassi imbroglio.

President Jonathan promised to make the Tinapa Holiday Resort in Calabar productive and profitable.

President Jonathan is yet on another round of campaign tour of the country after emerging the presidential candidate of the PDP for the presidential election scheduled for the 14th February 2015.

Accordingly, President Jonathan is billed to visit Cross River State of Nigeria this week in continuation of his campaign stump.

It is worthy to note that President Jonathan has never visited Cross River State of Nigeria since 2011.

When I encounter President Jonathan during his proposed visit to Cross River State this week, I am going to ask him the following questions thus:

1. Why did you wait until this electioneering campaign to visit Cross River State?

2. What have you done for Cross River State since you became a top official (Vice President) of the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2007?

3. Have you fulfilled all your campaign promises you made to the people of Cross River State of Nigeria in 2011?

4. You have appointed hundreds of personal staff in your office; how many have you appointed from Cross River State?

5. Are you aware of the fact that for the past years of PDP controlled Federal Government of Nigeria; no single road has been constructed by the Federal Government of Nigeria in the State?

6. Do you know that the Calabar-Ugep-Obubra-Ikom Federal Highway is in such a serious deplorable and dilapidated condition?

7. Do you know that Ogoja-Ikom Federal Highway (save the portion that is part of the Trans Africa Highway constructed by the World Bank) is in a terrible condition?

8. Do you know that the Calabar-Itu-Uyo-Ikot Ekpene-Aba Federal Highway is derelict and in a deplorable condition; so much that it is usually impassable during the rainy season?

9. Do you know the Federal Government of Nigeria has not sited any project in Cross River State since 1999?

10. Do you know that Cross River State has lost its status as an oil producing State?

11. Do you know that some parts of Boki, Obudu, and Obanliku Local Government Areas have been ceded to the Republic of Cameroon by the Federal Government of Nigeria in a purported implementation of the judgment of the International Court of Justice in the case between Cameroon and Nigeria over the sovereignty of the Bakassi peninsula?

12. Do you know that only three students from Cross River State were awarded scholarship in 2014 to study abroad under the Presidential scholarship scheme of the Federal Government of Nigeria for the Niger Delta Region?

13. Do you know that 104 students from your State (Bayelsa) were awarded scholarship in 2014 to study abroad under the Presidential scholarship scheme of the Federal Government of Nigeria for the Niger Delta Region?

14. Do you know that a part of Cross River State (Bakassi) has been ceded to the Republic of Cameroon by the Federal Government of Nigeria?

15. Why did the Federal Government of Nigeria under your leadership fail to appeal the judgment of the International Court of Justice in the case between Cameroon and Nigeria over the sovereignty of the Bakassi peninsula despite the fact that you constituted a Committee headed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Honourable Mohammed Adokie (SAN) in September 2012 to appeal the judgment?

16. Why did you failed to intervene and settle amicably the dispute between Akwa Ibom State and Cross River State over oil wells as done by former President Olusegun Obasanjo?

17. Despite your dismal and abysmal failure to fulfil all the electioneering promises you made to the people of Cross River State in 2011; why do you think they should trust you again?

18. Why is the dredging of the Calabar Channel not completed until now?

19. Why do you treat Cross River State with such contempt and disdain?

20. You order the transfer of some oil wells belonging previously to your State (Bayelsa); why didn’t you apply the same measure in the case of the dispute between Akwa Ibom and Cross River State?

21. Since your supporters here in Cross River State say you are a South/South President; why have you not done anything for Cross River State, which is also part of the South/South?

22. You boasted in one of your campaign stumps that the PDP controlled Federal Government of Nigeria has created many millionaires and billionaires in the country; how many of these millionaires and billionaires are from Cross River State?

OKOI OBONO-OBLA

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