Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transport and the Director General of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election campaign organization, in his first public statement after the recent audio recording of him allegedly criticizing Buhari urged Nigerians not to give one vote to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The former Rivers State Governor who spoke during the inauguration of the Presidential Campaign Council of Buhari on Monday assured Nigerians that the next 4 years of President Buhari will be different from the 16 years of PDP’s misrule.
In the alleged Amaechi Tape, which was released in parts on Sunday and Monday, he had noted that Nigerians were hungry and poverty had grown under his boss, Buhari.
“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,” he said.
“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,” he said.
Mr. Amaechi further noted that Nigerians need to re-elect President Buhari because the change promised by the APC cannot be completed in 4 years.
“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 said.