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Profile of the new Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

11 November 2015, 16:26

Abuja - Amaechi was the political godson and special assistant to former Rivers State governor, Peter Odili, who was governor of the state between 1999 and 2007

Through Odili’s support and as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Amaechi emerged as a lawmaker in the Rivers State House of Assembly and later became Speaker between 2003 and 2007.

He, however, fell out with Odili and emerged the governor of the state in 2007.

Born on May 27, 1965, Amaechi later defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (PDP) after falling out with the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, and the PDP.

Also read: PDP secures court order to stop Amaechi’s ministerial screening

He was subsequently appointed the Director General of the Buhari campaign organisation.

The fifth Governor of Rivers State, Amaechi, has also been engaged in a running battle with incumbent Governor Nyesom Wike, his former commissioner. 

Amaechi ‘s screening by the Senate generated a lot of controversies with senators elected under the platform of the PDP opposing his nomination as a minister.

After much politicking, he was eventually cleared by the Senate.

- News 24


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