Minister of Transportation and Director-General of President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection campaign organisation, Rotimi Amaechi, has described Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members as hungry people who cannot stand hunger.
He said that they (PDP members stole the country’s money while in power for 16 years and called on Nigerians not to cast a single vote for the opposition party in the 2019 elections.
Amaechi, who was allegedly caught on audio criticising President Muhammadu Buhari, stated this when he spoke during the inauguration of the presidential campaign council of Buhari on Monday.
Amaechi had in the alleged audio tape, circulated on the social media by a PDP member, described Buhari as a president that listens to no one, who has brought hardship in the country.
But speaking at the event in Abuja he said, “I was in the PDP, the slogan was ‘Share the money’. But here we are not sharing money. And because we are not sharing money they are saying vote buying. Because they ran election with government money, eating, buying cars with government money and nobody cared.
“I appeal to Nigerians; don’t give one vote to the PDP, they are hungry, they can’t stand poverty, they can’t stand not touching government money. Where money is given for prayers in Nigeria, I can pray in my church, nobody is giving me money to go and pray.”
He added that PDP will never have peace except its members return all the funds stolen while they were in office for 16 years.
Amaechi, at least was a member of PDP for 15 out of the 16 years the opposition party governed Nigeria from 1999 to 2015. He was the governor of Rivers State under the platform of the PDP.
He said, “We are no longer stealing money. PDP stole the money meant to feed Nigerians and until they return it, they will not have peace.
“PDP has nothing to say to Nigerians. Our campaign is going to be issues based. We are determined to save Nigerians.
“The President said he will fight corruption; that he is doing. We met a tattered economy that if we did nothing, Nigeria would be at a mess. But today the economy has been growing.
“In fixing the economy we promised infrastructural development. When I took over as Minister of Transportation, GE approached me and said we have approached different governments for 11 years to allow us to take over the rail with our own money but nobody agreed, this government agreed.”