Friday, February 1, 2019


Rotimi Ameachi, the Director-General of Buhari/Osinbajo Presidential Campaign has started another controversy that may linger on as the elections approach.

Former governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Ameachi said dismissed some claims made by vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Peter Obi at the Town Hall meeting, as false, Information Nigeria reports.  According to Ameachi, who is the DG of the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential campaign organization, said he had once told Obi not to lie to people, but to work with facts and figures.

The  former Rivers state governor said this earlier today while speaking at the Sani Abacha stadium in Kano state during his party’s presidential campaign rally in the state.

In his words: “I need to address some important issues, I’m addressing Nigerians, not just Kano indigenes; I speak today as a Catholic Christian. I speak with responsibility as a former governor of Rivers state, and former chairman of the governors’ forum.

“I have told my friend and my former deputy, his excellency Peter Obi, that the moment you climb the post of governor, you must deal with facts and figures, you must not lie to the people lead.

He noted also that saying former president Goodluck Jonathan had released money for all the rail projects completed by the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, was also one of the lies told by Obi.

Recall that Amaechi had called on Nigerians not to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The minister said this on Monday, January 7, 2019, during the inauguration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign council in Abuja.

Amaechi, who is also the Director-General of the council, said that the PDP will not have peace.

Over the weekend, a leaked audio, allegedly of the minister making jest of President Buhari surfaced online.

According to Premium Times, the audio was leaked by the camp of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

In the recording, Amaechi allegedly described President Buhari as someone who does not care and does not read. The minister also allegedly described Nigeria as a helpless and hopeless country.

It was reported that the minister told newsmen that the APC will run an issue based campaign.

He also accused the PDP of looting the country’s treasury, saying “I was in the PDP, the slogan was ‘Share the money.’ But here we are not sharing money. And because we are not sharing money they are saying vote buying. Because they ran election with government money, eating, buying cars with government money and nobody cared.

“I appeal to Nigerians; don’t give one vote to the PDP, they are hungry, they can’t stand poverty, they can’t stand not touching government money. Where money is given for prayers in Nigeria, I can pray in my church, nobody is giving me money to go and pray.

“We are no longer stealing money. PDP stole the money meant to feed Nigerians and until they return it, they will not have peace. PDP has nothing to say to Nigerians. Our campaign is going to be issues based. We are determined to save Nigerians. The President said he will fight corruption; that he is doing. We met a tattered economy that if we did nothing, Nigeria would be at a mess. But today the economy has been growing.

“In fixing the economy we promised infrastructural development. When I took over as Minister of Transportation, GE approached me and said we have approached different governments for 11 years to allow us to take over the rail with our own money but nobody agreed, this government agreed.”

Meanwhile, the PDP has called on President Buhari to step down and return to Katsina state, based on Amaechi’s alleged statements in the leaked audio recording.

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