*Amaechi worked for FG refund of N75Billion Rivers Govt. spent Federal roads
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
The Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, former Minister for Transportation and immediate past Governor of Rivers State, has dismissed the report he protesting against Presidential Award on Governor Nyesom Wike for Infrastructure Development.
He describes the report that he is protesting against the Presidential Award as a hatchet man’s job deliberately disparaging the person of President Muhammadu Buhari and him.
Amaechi said: “There is no record whatsoever of his complaining about the Vice President naming the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, “Mr Projects” or howsoever.
He said the fake news report aimed to pitch him in the battle against President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a press statement signed on behalf of Amaechi by Sogbeye C. Eli the Spokesman, Rivers APC 2023 Campaign Council state that at no time since the former Minister resigned to contest for the 2023 presidential nomination of the All Progressives Congress has he been denied access to Mr President.
According to the statement, Amaechi who has spent quality time in his political career between the Legislative and Executive arms of Government at both the State and Federal levels is fully aware of the prerogative powers of the President and Commander-in-Chief to honour any Nigerian or foreigner who in the President’s opinion is qualified for same. Thus, it is deliberate mischief for political mercenaries to churn out a script suggesting that the decision of the President to honour his successor with a “Distinguished Award in Infrastructure Delivery” at the forthcoming Nigeria Excellence in Public Service Award is not sitting well with him.
“Truth is, Amaechi was an Honourable Minister in the Government of the Federation when President Muhammadu Buhari approved over N75 billion as a refund of expenditures the Rivers State Government under him incurred in the reconstruction and maintenance of Federal roads in Rivers State. He worked for the refund which has in turn helped the State Government in further infrastructure development. That much the Honourable Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) made public at his commissioning of the Rebisi Flyover in the State capital. An Amaechi who worked for that refund could not be kicking against an Award to Wike by the President.”
APC Campaign Council reiterates that Amaechi has kept a relatively low public profile since the presidential primary of his party ended. He has sought and received a Presidential audience when appropriate since then. Amaechi committed no crime or misdemeanour as Honourable Minister and maintains a very robust personal relationship with the President and the first family. There is nothing wrong anywhere therefore to warrant the insinuation that he was denied access to the President and had to proceed to the National Chairman of the APC to protest Wike’s award.
The APC in Rivers State further denies that the party Amaechi leads is aggrieved howsoever by this award.
“We are delighted that a Federal Government led by our great party has risen above the petty partisanship that the Rivers State Government was subjected to by the PDP when Amaechi was Governor. Let the mischief makers behind that publication, therefore, ply their trade elsewhere. As we approach the 2023 general elections, we are taking our party in the direction it should go and do not need any distractions from any quarters”.