Ibim Semenitari, a former aide to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the recently released audio recording of the Minister of Transportation was a clear case of cut and paste and that the original were done ‘not in the context of negativity, but as a positive indication of a new Nigeria where pain will ultimately translate to gain.’
She said that the tape was made from ‘different conversations taken out of context and brought together to create a narrative that is far from the truth.’ Sementari said this in reaction to the audio recording in which the transport minister is heard expressing shocking pessimistic views about Nigeria and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Amaechi is a key political ally of President Buhari and is the director-general of the Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Organisation. The recording contains a portrayal of the President as a dismal failure who has been unable to meet the expectations of various segments of the society.
Mrs Semenitari, a former Rivers State commissioner for information under Mr Amaechi, said Amaechi made these comments at various media discussions during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s era. She said Amaechi may have spoken about the frugality of the Buhari regime but he did so not in the context of negativity.
The Peoples Democratic Party in its response said the audio had exposed the All Progressives Congress as having no plan for Nigeria’s development.