The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has claimed that former President Goodluck Jonathan offered him every opportunity to remain in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but he rejected it.
The minister says he went ahead to support President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 because he is not tribalistic.
The former governor of Rivers State was speaking in Port Harcourt on Saturday while receiving some party members who defected from the PDP. The minister explained that whatever he says in Rivers State would happen, adding that he would soon return to declare prayers in the state.
He claimed that God gave him victory over Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
“You know, when Goodluck fought us, he was not fighting me, he was fighting God and I knew he would fail.
“Tell them from next year prayer will start, I will come to Port Harcourt like I used to come and I will say this will happen and it will happen. Let me tell you who I am; I do not drink, I have never tasted alcohol in my life, I don’t smoke; I am not tribalistic. Whether in Rivers State or in Nigeria, I am not tribalistic.
“If I were tribalistic, President Goodluck Jonathan offered me the opportunity to remain in PDP, he offered me all sort of opportunities and I said that I have given my allegiance to Buhari because I am not tribalistic.”
Rotimi Amaechi, a former member of the Peoples Democratic Party and chairman of the Governor’s Forum, was one of the governors who broke away from the former ruling party, leading a charge that proved fatal to Jonathan and the PDP’s electoral fortune in 2015.
In 2016 after he was made a minister in Buhari’s cabinet in his first term, his former commissioner of information, then acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission Ibim Semenitari, in an interview with The Interview magazine, had revealed that her former boss turned against Jonathan to “save Nigeria from the brink, adding that Nigeria needed a different person as president to save the country.
According to her, “Rotimi Amaechi believed that Muhammadu Buhari had all it took to change the trajectory. Buhari was great for the integrity of the country and also to pull back the country from the brink.”