The Campaign Team of the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has released audio tapes, which it described as that of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
Recall, that Amaechi is a key political Ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Director-General of the Buhari/Osinbajo 2019 Campaign Organisation.
However, Phrank Shaibu, the Special Assistant on Public Communication to the PDP Presidential Candidate, is now portraying the Minister as lacking confidence in the product (Mr. Buhari) he was appointed to market.
The clips, Shaibu said, were made out of an informal interaction which Amaechi had with Journalists covering his Ministry.
The transcript of one of the two tapes read: “This country can never change, I swear. The only way this country can change is, if everybody is killed. This country is going nowhere, I swear.
“Even if you divide the country into 10, it will still not change. I am not joking o. When Magnus (Abe) was my SSG, I told him that this country is hopeless and helpless.
“He said ‘Oga, stop it now. Coming from a Governor, do not be saying that. But two months in Abuja, Magnus said this country is hopeless and helpless. I said ‘why?’, he said, you are right, the only thing they do in Abuja is share money, they do not work.”
The second tape read: “The President does not listen to anybody. He does not care. You can write what you want to write. The President does not care. Does he read? He will read, he will laugh. He will say, ‘come, come and see, they are abusing me here’.
“In fact, there was one case of somebody in Onitsha, a Trader in Onitsha, who could not sell his goats during Sallah. And I was with Oga on the plane, and the man was busy abusing Buhari. He said, ‘Amaechi, come, what is my business with Onitsha goat seller?’”
In a swift reaction nonetheless, David Iyofor, the Spokesperson for Amaechi, disclosed that the Minister’s team was still reviewing the recording, and needed more time to do so, before commenting on the matter.
Meanwhile, Shaibu said the leaked tape has shown that even the President’s appointees lacked confidence in his ability to tranform the country.
He stressed: “The President should just quit honourably, instead of wasting tax payers monies on a failed re-election bid.
“The truth is that, the other day, the President confessed that the economy had collapsed under his watch.
“On another occasion, the wife confessed to the fact that, the cabal and not her dearest husband, President Buhari, was in-charge of the country, and now, the Director-General of his re-election Campaign, has confessed to the lack of capacity of President Buhari, and the dismal failure of hid administration.
“Truth is, the President has established a record of failures, which probably no other President would ever equal or erase. Mrs. Aisha Buhari was partially correct, when she stated that two people are preventing her husband from performing well. With this audio tape, if the two do not include her husband, then she is not completely being truthful.”