Former governor of cross-river state and The director-general of President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election campaign organisation, Rotimi Amaechi, has lashed out at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), accusing the opposition party of looting the country dry.
The minister of transportation spoke for the first time following the controversy of a leaked audiotape by the opposition party where he reportedly criticised the government of President Buhari.
Premium Times reports that the former governor spoke during the inauguration of the presidential campaign council on Monday, January 7.
Amaechi said when he was in the PDP, the focus was about sharing money.
He said: “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.”
Amaechi promised that the All Progressives Congress will save the country and that the opposition party has nothing to offer the people.
“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.”
The minister said the “change promised by his party cannot be completed in four years which is why the party is asking for more time”.
“Anybody that says we can do so in four years must be a magician. What we are pleading with Nigerians for is another four years to consolidate on what we have started,” he added.
There are earlier reports of an audio recording which featured the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, allegedly criticising President Muhammadu Buhari, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have received is understandably not happy about the development .
The national publicity secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, when contacted, said:
“I have not seen the leaked tape to listen to it and as such cannot comment on it.”
When he was asked by Daily Sun for his comments on the audio, Amaechi said:
“Nothing. I am not aware of any audio recording.”