There has been some disquiet in the camp of the All Progressive Congress (APC) since an audio of the minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi, allegedly criticizing President Buhari emerged.
In the audio, Amaechi, who is the director-general of Buhari’s Campaign Organisation, reportedly described Nigeria as hopeless
According to the audio released by Phrank Shaibu, an aide of PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Amaechi said this in a conversation with some journalists.
“This country can never change, I swear. The only way this country can change is in a situation where everybody is killed,” Amaechi said in the audio.
“This country is going nowhere. When Magnus (Abe) was secretary to the Rivers State Government (SSG), I told him that this country is hopeless and helpless and he told me, ‘Oga, stop it’. This cannot be coming from a governor.
“But two months 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.
“I have already written to the governor of Katsina state and I don’t know why he has not replied to give us the land in Daura for a university in Daura. The next university would be in my village. There is a popular saying while we were growing up, that charity begins at home. Will my own begin abroad?
“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 the aircraft and we saw a news report where a goat seller was complaining that he couldn’t sell his goats during Sallah because of Buhari’s administration. And the president said what my business with goat sellers is?”
A source in the APC, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he was not sure Amaechi could make such comments.
“I’m not sure the minister could make such a remark. He has benefitted so much from this government,” the source said.
“But we are not sure yet. We would rather want the minister to speak on the audio,” another added.
When contacted, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said, “I have not seen the leaked tape to listen to it and as such cannot comment on it.”
The Peoples Democratic Party in its response said the audio had exposed the All Progressives Congress as having no plan for Nigeria’s development.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, told journalists the audio also revealed the alleged deceptions and contrivances of the APC to win the 2015 election.
Ologbondiyan 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.”
Rotimi Amaechi is the director-general of President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation.