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2015: Why I rejected Jonathan, backed Buhari – Amaechi


Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi says he dumped the PDP to join APC and back President Muhammadu Buhari’s election in 2015 because he is not tribalistic.

He spoke on Saturday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital while receiving some fresh All Progressives Congress (APC) members that defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

While the Governor of Rivers State back in November 2013, Amaechi quit the PDP to join the APC, a move that pitched him against then incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

He went on to become the Director-General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation ahead of the 2015 presidential election, a role he also had in the 2019 presidential polls.

Amaechi said that although Jonathan made overtures to make him remain in the PDP, he rejected them all and gave his “allegiance to Buhari because I am not tribalistic”.

He explained that he would resume prayer sessions in the state in 2021 because of some fears he harboured for the state.

According to the ex-Rivers governor, “Next year, we are starting prayer session. 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 ha

“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 an opportunity to remain in the PDP, he offered me all sorts of opportunities and I said that I have given my allegiance to Buhari because I am not tribalistic.”

Credit: The Herald

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