As the process of selecting the new cabinet members intensifies, topping the list of those that might not get their appointment renewed is former Governor of Rivers State and the immediate former Minister of Transport, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
Reliable source within the team assembled by President Muhammadu Buhari to oversee the transition from the first tenure to the second tenure revealed reasons that Amaechi didn’t make the list includes the part he played in All Progressive Congress [APC] crisis in the Niger Delta region, his long standing troubles with the chief of staff, Abba Kyari among other issues.
Specifically, Rotimi Amaechi was fingered for the collapse of the All Progressive Congress [APC] in the Niger Delta region. He was credited for the destruction of the APC in Rivers State due to his inability and/or unwillingness to work with other the APC members and stakeholders, e.g Senator Magnus Abe in the State. He was also fingered unminding the APC efforts in Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States.
According to the source, Rotimi Amaechi was mindful of the emergence of Senator Akpabio and former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva as the potential leader of the party in the South South political region should they succeed in scoring victories in their respective states. Rotimi Amaechi actively subverted the efforts of the APC by providing support to splinter groups within the party.
Rotimi Amaechi who enjoyed direct access to President Buhari was alleged to have talked ill of the Fulani/Kanuri cabal within the presidency to President Buhari, a talk which got to the ears of Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President. It was added that Kyari had been displeased with the manner Amaechi showcased his closeness to President Buhari by sidestepping the office of the chief of staff each time he wants to reach the president to submit official documents from his ministry.
Those privy to reliable information cited an example where Amaechi took a matter that supposed to pass through the office of the Chief of Staff to President Buhari direct. The issue resulted to near fisticuffs between Abba Kyari and Rotimi Ameachi. It took the intervention of agents of the Department of State Services to stop the fisticuffs. Amaechi was escorted out of Kyari’s office by the security officers.
Abba Kyari who is the man Friday of Buhari’s nephew, Maman Daura was said to have took the matter up and made sure he checked mate the powers and influence of Amaechi and blocked all direct access Amaechi had to the President. It is believed Abba Kyari may have succeeded in totally routing Amaechi out of the cabinet.