The founder and pioneer CEO of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Atedo Peterside has taken a swipe at the immediate past Minister of Transportation, Chief Rotimi Amaechi, for condemning only the shortcomings of the March 18 governorship and state assembly elections in Rivers State but keeping mum about the February 25 presidential poll.
Peterside, who is also president and founder of Anap Foundation, took to hus Twitter handle @AtedoPeterside, to challenge Amaechi.
Atedo Peterside’s tweet was posted about 24 hours after the electoral process on the field was concluded.
Amaechi had, on Saturday, spoken after casting his ballot in Ubima, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, describing the process as a complete failure of governance in the Nigeria.
Atedo in his reaction on Twitter asked Ameachi if it was okay then to rob Peter to pay Paul, perhaps to the effect that some desperate politicians deliberately rigged out Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party.
He tweeted, “But why is @ChibuikeAmaechi only complaining on 18 March? Why did he not complain on Sat 25 Feb 2023 when the same “forces” were used to massively alter @inecnigeria Result Sheets to transfer votes of @PeterObi to another Candidate ? 🤔 Was it okay then to rob Peter to pay Paul?”
It would be recalled that Ameachi had accused the INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, during his press briefing in Port Harcourt, of not only conspiring to rig the Rivers State governorship and state legislative elections but also disclosing that Yakubu was recommended by a member of Tinubu’s political camp.
Ameachi further disclosed that Yakubu used to be a close confidant of Wike when he was the Minister of State for Education during the administration of the former president, Goodluck Jonathan.
He claimed that the INEC chairman used to be the TETFUND boss when Wike was the Minister of State for Education.
He said that it would be almost impossible to fight a system that was rigged against these powerful interests.
According to him, it was INEC, the police, and these powerful interests against the people.
“I have spoken to everybody before the elections; there are those of us who oppose the reappointment of Mahmood,” Ameachi said.
“The person who nominated him for the appointment is a member of Tinubu’s camp, so what are you expecting—success?” the ex-minister of transportation asked.
“Here in Rivers State, Mahmood worked under Wike as executive secretary of TETFUND. So what you are having is that APC, SDP, and others are contesting the election not against PDP but against INEC and the police,” he said.