Tension in APC Over Amaechi’s Audio Tapes

Rotimi Amaechi
Rotimi Amaechi

There is uneasy calm in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, as another audio clip, alleged to be that of Minister of Transportation, 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-election bid and accept defeat following what has been perceived as disapproval of his candidature by Amaechi who is also the Director-General of his Presidential Campaign Organisation.

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

While lamenting the spate of traffic jams in the state, the Minister 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 Lagos State.

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

Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, had in a statement on Monday, pointed out that since the first audio recording leaked last Friday, neither Amaechi nor the Buhari Campaign 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 the party who shared his view expressed the hope that the party would respond in a matter of days.

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