Tension in APC Over Amaechi’s Audio Tapes

Rotimi Amaechi
Rotimi Amaechi

There is uneasy calm in the ruling All ProgressivesCongress, APC, as another audio clip, alleged to be that of Minister ofTransportation, Rotimi Amaechi has been leaked to the public.

The leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP had on Monday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop his re-electionbid and accept defeat following what has been perceived as disapproval of hiscandidature by Amaechi who is also the Director-General of his Presidential CampaignOrganisation.

In a new audio tape which was said to have been released byPhrank Shaibu, an aide of Atiku Abubakar, who is the presidential candidate ofthe PDP, Amaechi was said to have expressed the view that there is very littleinfrastructure in Lagos, citing water and roads as major problems.

While lamenting the spate of traffic jams in the state, theMinister was said to have indicts the APC, which is the ruling party in Lagos,former Governor of the state and leader of the party,  Bola Tinubu as well as Babatunde Fashola,Minister for Power, Works and Housing, who is also a former Governor of LagosState.

“I live in Abuja, tell me where else we haveinfrastructure. Lagos is a glorified village. The only difference between Lagosand other cities is the fact that business is in Lagos, everybody is theredoing business, so you can at least have food. If not, tell me what else youhave in Lagos? 1, 000 plus megawatts. That’s all. That’s what you have. What elsedo you have? No water, there are no roads. The reason why you meet traffic jamsin Lagos is because there are no roads,” Amaechi was quoted to have said in theaudio tape.

Kola Ologbondiyan, PDPNational Publicity Secretary, had in a statement on Monday, pointed out that sincethe first audio recording leaked last Friday, neither Amaechi nor the BuhariCampaign Organisation had denied or offered any explanation on the matter.This, many believe, has put the APC is a difficult position. But a member of theparty who shared his view expressed the hope that the party would respond in amatter of days.

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