- There is disquiet in the APC over an audio recording featuring Rotimi Amaechi allegedly criticising President Buhari
- One source expressed doubt over whether Amaechi could make such a statement, while another thinks the minister should speak on the matter
- The PDP, however, says the audio recording revealed the APC's alleged deceptions and contrivances to win the 2015 election
An audio recording which featured the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, allegedly criticising President Muhammadu Buhari, is causing disquiet in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to Punch, leaders of the party have been having discussions about the recording, since it was released.
Legit.ng gathers that some of the leaders believe the minister should speak on the recording, while others believe it.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, one source reportedly said he was not sure Amaechi could make such statements.
The source said: “I’m not sure the minister could make such a remark. He has benefited so much from this government."
Another added: “But we are not sure yet. We would rather want the minister to speak on the audio."
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.”
The special assistant on public communications and strategy to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, Phrank Shuaibu, in a statement released on Sunday, January 6, also quoted Amaechi as having said Nigeria was beyond redemption.
Shuaibu claimed the minister said: “This country can never change, I swear. The only way this country can change is in a situation where everybody is killed. This country is going nowhere.
“When Magnus (Abe) was my secretary to the Rivers State Government, I told him this country was hopeless and helpless and he told me, ‘Oga, stop it. This cannot be coming from a governor.’ But two months later in Abuja, Magnus came to meet me and said, ‘I agree with you; this country is hopeless and helpless. All they do in Abuja is to share money.’
“The president does not listen to anybody. He doesn’t care. You can write what you want to write. Does he read? I was flying with him in an aircraft and we saw a news report where a goat seller was complaining he couldn’t sell his goats during Sallah because of Buhari’s administration. And the president said, ‘What is my business with goat sellers?”
On his part, the PDP's national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, told newsmen the audio recording revealed the APC's alleged deceptions and contrivances to win the 2015 election.
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He said: “I think he (Amaechi) has a huge responsibility to defend himself. But if his principal, President Buhari, feel the tape is normal, it is not our business in the PDP.
“What is out in the public domain is just a demonstration to Nigerians about the lies, deceptions, contrivances and beguilement that the APC has deployed to win the 2015 election. It shows they have no plans, no agenda and no vision in whatever form as far as governance is concerned for Nigerians.”
In addition to being the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi is also the director-general of the Presidential Campaign Council of the APC.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Amaechi dismissed the audio recording where he was alleged to have criticised the president.
When he was asked for his comments on the audio, Amaechi said: “Nothing. I am not aware of any audio recording.”
Further told that the audio was gaining momentum on different online websites, Amaechi asked: “Do I do website?”
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