Former Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has raised the alarm over plans by known individuals to sponsor a campaign of calumny against him.
This is coming as President Muhammadu Buhari looks set to send names of Ministerial nominees to the National Assembly.
Amaechi in a statement from his Media Office, said the plan is to use activities of the current Acting Board of the Niger-Delta Development Commission, NDDC to indict him.
The Former Governor of Rivers state and two-time Director-General of the President Buhari Campaign Organization added that his family are part of the already concluded plan.
According to him, “We have uncovered a well-oiled plot to orchestrate a heavily funded smear campaign of calumny and lies against Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the immediate past minister of Transportation, immediate past governor of Rivers State and two-time Director-General of the President Muhammadu Buhari Presidential Campaign.
“As we write this, we are aware that attempts are been made to peddle all sorts of fictitious, misleading and outrightly concocted stories, distorted and manipulated documents that would smudge the image and cast aspersions on the character, integrity and high morals of Amaechi, an astute and accomplished public servant.
“The deceitful plot and plan of the planners and executors of this ominously funded campaign is to tarnish the towering status; and do as much damage as possible to the character and reputation of Amaechi in the hearts, minds and eyes of members of the public, using both traditional and online (social) media.
“One aspect of the reprehensible conspiracy is to unscrupulously drag the name of Amaechi and a member of his immediate family into the internal affairs and operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in a manner and way that is designed and intended to bring disrepute and opprobrium to his character and reputation. Besides this, there are other aspects and dimensions to the plot to rubbish Amaechi’s image.
“In respect to the NDDC, the defamation campaigners intend to create, make and push to the public space all sorts of speculative and baseless allegations against Amaechi; from the ridiculous to the puerile and completely bizarre stories backed with distorted, phoney and fake documents. For clarity, we state emphatically, that Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is not involved in anyway, in the management and operations of the NDDC.
“We wish to alert members of the public of the hawking presence and devious plots of this ‘ operation destroy’ Amaechi campaigners.
“Specifically, we want to notify and appeal to both traditional media and online (social) media practitioners to be wary of the insidious shenanigans of these purveyors and hawkers of fake news that is solely intended to deceive the public and destroy the sterling record of many years of meritorious public service by Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.”