Minister of Transportation and Director General of APC Presidential Campaign Mr. Rotimi Amaechi has revealed how Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s autocratic administration drove him out of the country. Obasanjo ruled as an executive president between 1999 to 2007 under the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
Amaechi stated, “Sometime in 2006, I was driven out of this country by a PDP-led Federal Government. I went into exile in Ghana. I was in Ghana for 10 months. I was expelled from the party, the PDP until I became a governor. And when I became a governor, I told them I did not want to belong to the PDP again. They met me and apologised and readmitted me into the PDP.”
He urged Nigerians to compare the administration of the PDP with the current government of Buhari and decide which was closer to Abacha’s government.
“I was a governor in 2013, 2014, 2015. I had no security. A PDP-led government had chased my CSO and my ADC away. My ADC ran to London, my CSO was put in an underground cell. A major who was in my convoy was also put in an underground cell. I was left without security.”
Buhari, who addressed the crowd in Hausa, thanked them for their support and restated the commitment of his administration to the fight against corruption and insecurity.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Buhari said his administration had achieved significant progress in the campaign against corruption, economic diversification and improvement of security.
He said, “In 2015; I promised three things namely: security, economy and corruption. We reinvigorated the agricultural sector; provided fertiliser and other support to farmers. I am happy that we recorded bumper harvest in the past two seasons.
“On security, our achievements are glaring and I remain committed to the protection of lives and property of the people as well as safeguard the nation’s territorial integrity.”
He called on the electorate to vote for the APC and all its candidates to enable them to continue with their policies.
Amaechi was reacting to Obasanjo’s 16-page attack on the government of President Buhari, barely a year he wrote similar letter to Buhari, advising him not to seek reelection in the 2019 elections.
He likened President Buhari’s administration to the era of the late former Head of State, General Sani Abacha.
“When Abacha decided that he must install himself as Nigerian president by all means and at all costs, he went for broke and surrounded himself with hatchet men who, on his order and in his interest and at high costs to Nigeria and Nigerians, maimed, tortured and killed for Abacha. Buhari has started on the same path in mad desperation
“From available intelligence, we have heard of how Buhari and his party are going about his own self-succession project. They have started recruiting collation officers who are already awarding results based on their projects to actualise the perpetuation agenda in which the people will not matter and the votes will not count. It is the sole reason he has blatantly refused to sign the revised Electoral Reform Bill into law,” Obasanjo said. He accused Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and INEC of plotting to rig the February 16 presidential election.
He alleged that under Buhari’s watch, security institutions “are being misused to fight all critics and opponents of Buhari and to derail our fledgling democracy” adding that “Nigerians must rise up and do what they did in the time of Abacha.”
Let’s know what you think about this face off between Buhari’s men and former Nigerian leader.