Amaechi had issues with Patience, not me – Jonathan

by Azeez Adeniyi

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said he has no issues with Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

Jonathan disclosed this in a book titled, ‘Against the Run of Play,’ written by the Chairman, Editorial Board of ThisDay, Olusegun Adeniyi.

The former President said Amaechi had an issue with his wife, Patience, which he tried to resolve.

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“Jonathan told me that Amaechi’s problem was not with him but rather with his wife and that, at a point, he tried to reconcile them,” Adeniyi wrote.

Amaechi in the book however discredited Jonathan’s statement that there was no misunderstanding between them.

The ex-Rivers State governor attributed the cause of his grudge with Jonathan to illegal and excess deduction from the federation account by the former president.

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He said, “I could not surrender my mandate to a woman (Patience) in Abuja, even if such a person was the wife of the President…that basically was my sin with Dame Patience Jonathan.

“If in one year, you took about N300bn from the federation account to pay for subsidy and the next year, you are taking almost N2tn for the same thing when fundamentals had not changed, then serious questions should be asked.

“And as NGF (Nigerian Governors Forum) chairman, it was my responsibility to ask those questions and Jonathan took them personal.”

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