Real Reason Why Amaechi Turned Against Jonathan By NDDC Boss, Semenitari

Jonathan and AmaechiNearly one year after ex-President Goodluck Jonathan handed over power to President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, fresh facts have emerged on why one his formidable allies and former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, worked against his re-election.
Amaechi, who was Chairman of the powerful Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, parted ways with Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the twilight of his eight years’ reign as Rivers governor.
Mr. Amaechi was Speaker of the Rivers House of Assembly for eight years and Governor for about seven years on the platform of PDP before he, along with four other governors, defected to the APC over some major political disagreements; a move that proved costly for the PDP.
Until now, the general belief was that the former governor now Minister of Transportation, turned against Jonathan after the latter succeeded in dividing the NGF in the now infamous ’16 is greater than 19′ chairmanship election of the forum.
However, the Commissioner of Information in Rivers State during the administration of Mr. Amaechi, Ibim Semenitari, has revealed that her former boss parted ways with the former president to “save Nigeria from the brink”.
In an interview in the current issue of The Interview magazine, Mrs. Semenitari, who is currently Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Company, NDDC, said Mr. Amaechi believed that Nigeria needed a different person as president to save the country.
She told the magazine that, “Amaechi believed that Muhammadu had all it took to change the trajectory and envisioned that Nigeria was heading in a different direction.
“For him (Amaechi) having Buhari there was great for the integrity of the country and also to pull back the country from the brink”.
In the tell-it-all encounter, Semenitari told The Interview that Amaechi did not expect any personal reward for supporting Buhari. She was responding to a question whether her own current position and the double ministry assigned to Mr. Amaechi by President Buhari were rewards for the ex-governor’s electoral contribution.


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