The members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), were shocked after an alleged audio recording of the former governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, criticizing Burari was released by Reno Omokri on Twitter on Sunday.
In the leaked audio recording, Amaechi, who is currently the director-general of the Presidential Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress, can be heard saying that voting Buhari for a second term in office means bringing starvation to Nigerians.
The audio clip in question portrays Buhari as a dismal failure who has been unable to meet the expectations of various segments of the society. Amaechi in the clip says Nigerians are crying in just 3 years of Buhari’s administration. He claimed that Nigeria “was beyond redemption because the country was yet to find a leader that can confront the enormous challenges facing it.”
There have been a lot of talks going on between the members of APC about the authenticity of the tape. While some could not believe that Amaechi could make such a remark, some others want the former governor to come forward and speak on the matter.
When asked about the leaked audio tape, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said, “I have not seen the leaked tape to listen to it and as such cannot comment on it,” reported The Punch.
The Presidency has also reacted to the leaked audio tape.
Tolu Ogunlesi, The Presidential aide on Digital Media, on Sunday, claimed that the trending leaked audio was clinically edited. He said the audio portion in which Amaechi spoke about corruption was removed and edited out. Tolu claimed the audio was doctored and thus misrepresented.
Neither President Muhammadu Buhari nor Amaechi or his spokesperson has come forward to comment on the matter.