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Where's the $65bn OBJ Left in Excess Crude Account? - Amaechi Fires Another Shot at GEJ

 Where's the $65bn OBJ Left in Excess Crude Account? - Amaechi Fires Another Shot at GEJ

Rotimi Amaechi

The immediate past governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi has taken his war of words with former president, Goodluck Jonathan to a whole new level after his latest allegations.

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While speaking with News Agency Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, fired yet another shot at former President Goodluck Jonathan, less than a week after the minister said the time to stop blaming Jonathan had come.

According to TheCable, the former governor of Rivers State, said former President Olusegun Obasanjo left $65 billion in the excess crude account but it was frittered away.

He said the wastage in the PDP era was alarming; “When Obasanjo was leaving, he left about 65 billion dollars in the excess crude account, but this money was frittered away and we wonder where the money is,” he said.

“As at then, the price of crude oil during the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration hovered around 140 dollars with this, they did not leave anything for the incoming government.

“With that kind of money, we should be thinking of connecting Nigeria through rail system. The rail between Ibadan to Kano would have been completed.

“Also the rail gauge between Port Harcourt to Maiduguri and Lagos to Calabar, but all the excess crude money was frittered away, we need to ask questions.”

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Amaechi said his pursuit for change made him to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC), adding that he would have used his position as the then chairman of PDP governors’ forum to fight the situation but he felt there was a need to cross over to APC because of his belief in President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I moved from PDP to APC because I am tired of what is happening in the party, I have the option to stay because of my position as the chairman of the governors then,” he said.

“I can use my position to fight them (PDP) and get what I want because I believe Nigeria was not going in the right direction by then.

“My attention and belief shifted to Buhari which was the viable alternative, I believe in the change mantra because it is the only way to improve on what is on ground.

“He has not disappointed because the economy is now back on track and is growing. This is evident in the current prices of food items because it’s getting lower.”

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