by Azeez Adeniyi
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said he is not corrupt, contrary to popular opinion.
Amaechi said this during an interview on Hard Talk on Channels TV.
When asked if he was corrupt, Amaechi said, “Is my honesty in doubt? I have told Nigerians and I repeat to Nigerians today I am not corrupt and I don’t like money. I am not one swayed by money. I have lived a character that most Nigerians can tell you.
“I try as much as possible not to annoy God by saying I am honest. But with all modesty, I am a honest Nigerian and there are very few honest Nigerians.”
The former Rivers governor said the impression that he was corrupt started when incumbent governor, Nyesom Wike accused him of stealing state funds.
He said, “When did that impression start? Nyesom Wike becomes the governor. He takes documents from Government house that people can’t read, and says oh, we sold Gas turbines and disappeared with the money. He set up a panel of inquiry? Publish the report.”
“When you talk about the PDP angle, they are bitter that we fought and led the movement against the former government and PDP, and we were successful to have removed them from power.
“If I was corrupt, why didn’t President Goodluck prosecute me? The fight between Goodluck and Rivers state government or myself lasted for two years,” he added.