Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, has blamed opposition to President Muhammadu Buhari on corrupt, public fund-depending politicians who have been denied access to the treasury by the president.
Amaechi also spoke on the recent defections, saying some of the legislators who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) are from areas where President Buhari would win comfortably.
On Tuesday, 14 senators, including Isa Misau from Bauchi state, and 37 members of the House of Representatives left the ruling party.
Speaking with journalists after inspecting sections of the Itakpe-Warri rail line on Friday, Amaechi said the chances of Buhari in 2019 are bright.
“No matter what you do, the governor of Sokoto will leave naturally; he has ambition to be president. If you take a chicken to him he will still go, right? The same with Kwara, these are people you expect that they will leave. Ok they left with some members of House Reps and Senate, where did they come from? They are from areas the president is comfortable,” the minster said.
“Do you honestly believe that the president will lose election in this country? Well nobody is God, but that is one of his comfort zones. The next person that left, left from Bauchi, if you bring president on a sick bed in Bauchi, he will win. He has never lost election in Bauchi
He said one quality that Nigerians believe he has is that he is honest and never hides his feelings.
“One thing about me in the politcal history of Nigeria, nobody has been in doubt on where I stand, one quality I have and Nigerians believe is that I’m honest. I never hide my feelings,” Amaechi said.
The minister said the country would not survive another looting.
“Sixty percent of Nigerian rich men depend on government. Only three years that they remove the breast milk everybody is complaining.”