Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Company (NDDC), Ibim Semenitari, has revealed the reason Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, worked against the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Semenitari, who served as commissioner for Information during Amaechi’s renure as governor, said he turned against Jonathan to “save Nigeria from the brink.”
In a chat with The Interview Magazine, Semenitari said Amaechi believed Nigeria needed a different person as president.
She told the magazine that “Amaechi believed that Muhammadu Buhari 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.”
Semenitari said he had no thought of any personal reward for doing what he did.
According to the magazine, the NDDC’s MD said this in response to a question on whether her own position and the double ministry assigned to Amaechi by Buhari were rewards for Amaechi’s electoral contribution.
Amaechi, a former member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and chairman of the governors’ forum at a time, was one of the governors who broke away from the former ruling party in November 2013 and led a charge that proved fatal to Jonathan and the PDP’s electoral fortune in 2015.