The recent appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari have sent shock waves across his party, why the rest of the nation watches in amazement.
One of the victims, Rotimi Amaechi, has left the shores of Nigeria in anger , for United Kingdom because of what one of his close allies tagged ” utter shock with Buhari’s last night’s appointments”
Amaechi was perceived as the cash cow and the arrowhead of the assault against former president, and kinsmen, Goodluck Jonathan.
Pointblanknews.com gathered that the key factor that nailed Amaechi was a damning preliminary report of his stewardship forwarded to Buhari by Governor Nyesom Wike.
Wike had constituted a seven man Judicial Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice George Omereji to investigate alleged sale of some state assets as well as the projects for which funds were allegedly released but not executed .
Former deputy Governor, Ted Ikuru alleged that his former boss allegedly spent N812 million to furnish his private residence, adding that the former government also spent N4.96 billion on the proposed Justice Adolphus Karibi Whyte Hospital with no structures on the ground.
Wike had among others, asked the Commission of Inquiry to investigate the sale of Omoku 150 MW Gas Turbine , Adam 360 MW Gas Turbine, Trans-Amadi 136 MW Gas Turbine as well as the Eleme 75 MW Gas Turbine. –
He also said “I am confident that President Buhari will support my administration in the quest to tackle the massive corruption that characterized the Amaechi administration”
It was gathered that even though Amaechi was being considered, forces within both parties averse to his appointments had lobbied some folks around Buhari to insist the President gets a preliminary report on the tenure of Amaechi.
Said the source ” Wike we all know had told the world everything Amaechi did would be checked out, but there were other forces who ensured Buhari took a look at the prelim report sent by Wike on the alleged large scale fraud by his administration. The problem Buhari had was, he was careful about Amaechi because he did not want his SGF to be indicted for large scale fraud, because some of the evidence against Amaechi were damning.”
The appointments continue to elicit outrage against the backdrop of the lopsidedness of the picks.
Even though those with him insist Buhari has made sterling appointments, with consideration to competence and experience, this group has not been able to defend the appointment of a retired army colonel, Hameed Ali, as Comptroller General of Customs.
Amaechi was head of the fund raising committee for his party, helped raise tons of cash, and almost emptied his state’s treasury for the emergence of Buhari.
First, the speculation was Amaechi could be picked to be the Vice Presidential candidate, then Yemi Osinbajo came. Next, he was promised either Secretary to Government or Chief of Staff.
Pointblanknews.com sources hinted that Amaechi was two weeks ago screened by the Department of Security Services (DSS) for the position of SGF.
Shortly after the screening, a dinner was organized in his honor in port Harcourt.
It was gathered that despite pleas from his men and some close to Buhari that he would be given a ministerial appointment, Amaechi insisted he would not accept anything less than SGF after being governor twice.
Said the source ” It was a big shock to him. This is a man who almost laid down his life, fought Jonathan his kinsmen to the end, spent billions of his own money and state money to ensure Buhari emerged, and is treated this way? Who is the new SGF, where was he when we were working hard for Buhari”
According to another close ally ” He has left Nigeria, he was so upset, I think to just cool off and think of what to do next because in Rivers Wike has shut him out, and there is nothing much in Abuja”