Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, has mocked his arch rival and predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, over the alleged leaked tapes released recently, on the Transportation Minister.
Amaechi, who is also the Director-General of the Muhammadu Buhari 2019 Presidential Campaign Organisation, was allegedly caught on the tapes criticising President Buhari, and lamenting on the rising rate of poverty in the country, under the Buhari administration.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, Wike said that the alleged audio leaks showed that Amaechi supports Buhari for monetary gains, describing him as “a hypocrite”.
Wike tweeted: “It is only a greedy man that supports a world renowned failure, because of monetary gains.
“I have known Amaechi from day one, and greed has separated him from everyone he was once close to. The leaked tapes say it all.”
According to an audio released by Phrank Shaibu, an Aide of Atiku Abubakar, who is the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Amaechi allegedly railed at Buhari, in a conversation with some Journalists.
In the clip which could not be authenticated, Amaechi, who is also the Minister of Transportation, purportedly said that Buhari neither reads nor listens to anyone.
Sources pointed out that Amaechi allegedly made the comments at a meeting with Journalists, in Minna, Niger State capital, over a year ago.
It was further alleged that some persons had been using the audio clips to blackmail the Minister of Transportation, for some time now.
In one of the clips, the person speaking said: “The President is not listening to anybody. He does not care. You can write anything you want. The President does not care. Does he read?”
In another part of the audio, the individual threatened to bar Journalists from events, if the audio was leaked.
He said: “These are not things you publish oh! If you publish them, you will never sit with me any day.
“Three years of Buhari o, everybody is dying, crying; Presidents are crying, Farmers are crying, Workers are crying, Politicians are crying, Students are crying. Three years oh. Rate of poverty is very high, people are hungry. Nigeria will never change.”
In another part of the clip, the individual was heard saying that there would be a University in his village, after the plans to build one in Daura, the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari, in Katsina State, has been concluded.
The person speaking was heard saying: “This country can never change, I swear. The only way this country can change, is in a situation where everybody is killed.
“This country is going nowhere. When Magnus (Abe) was Secretary to the Rivers State Government, I told him that this country is hopeless and helpless, and he told me, ‘Oga, stop it’. This cannot be coming from a Governor.
“But two months in Abuja, Magnus came to meet me and said, I agree with you; this country is hopeless and helpless. All they do in Abuja is to share money.
“I have already written to the Governor of Katsina State, and I do not know why he has not replied to give us the land in Daura, for a University in Daura.
“The next University would be in my village. There is a popular saying while we were growing up, that charity begins at home. Will my own begin abroad?”
Amaechi has however, refused to comment on the matter, since the audios leaked.
However, an Aide to the President, Tolu Ogunlesi, said that the clips were authentic, but that the comments allegedly made by Amaechi, were done in 2014, and were directed at President Goodluck Jonathan, and not Buhari.