In the camp of former Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi, fears are rife over a deal between All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bora Tinub and Rivers State Governor Nisom Waikh.
A former APC presidential contestant, Kanchi finished second in the APC’s presidential primary in June.
Amaechi was named a special adviser on infrastructure for Tinubu’s presidential election council, but the Daily Trust reports that he has not participated in the campaign.
The former governor of Rivers State, who was a campaign DG for President Buhari in 2015 and 2019, has been at odds with Wyke since 2013.
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A source close to him in Abuja told the paper that Amaechi was not treated fairly by Tinub and those around him.
“It’s safe to say he (Ameji) isn’t happy. When Oshiomhole went to Port Harcourt, he asked people to only support Tinubu and Wike for other positions.” Something similar was repeated when Governor Ebony visited the state,” he said.
However, he denounced reports that Kanchi was considering leaving the Democratic Party.
“It is not true that he met Atiku. He will not leave the APC, the party he co-founded,” he said.
The state’s party leader, Steve Nwanko, said that whatever alliance Wyke formed with Tinubu would in no way weaken Amaechi’s influence within the party.
He said Amaechi worked hard to build the state’s party structure, and said the former minister and his supporters were not afraid of any alliances with Governor Wyke with the APC presidential candidate.
Darlington Nuwaju, director of public affairs for the APC in Rivers, said Wyke’s partnership with Tinub is in the realm of speculation and speculation.