Now that the time seems ripe for political appointments to be made by the Buhari administration, our Rivers State Correspondent, OLAWALE LAMINA, examines Amaechi’s stake in the new government.
Based on his antecedent as one who decamped from the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and fell apart with the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, in a situation which may be  described as conflict of political ambition. In the wake of his decamping, the former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, made more enemies than friends when those who were sentimental about the South-South presidency felt he should have been loyal to the former President.
Amaechi as former Director General of Buhari/Osinbajo Presidential campaign organisation, evidently deployed all in his arsenal  to garner support for President Buahri.
The Rivers State APC chairman, Dr. Davies Ikanya, had expressed confidence in the choice of
Amaechi for the DG job. Banking on the former governor’s pedigree stated, “We expect Governor Amaechi to bring his outstanding reputation as a man of courage, vision, principle, winning streak, boldness, strength of character, decency and love of country, as well as his administrative prowess and organisational skills to bear on this task aimed at reclaiming our nation from the doldrums occasioned by an inept, unfocussed and un-visionary leadership.”
Similarly, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lai Mohammed, had in a statement, which announced Amaechi as DG Buhari/Osinbajo
Presidential Campaign, described Amaechi, as having an outstanding reputation as a man of courage, principle, strength of character, decency and that his, “love of country, as well as his administrative prowess and organisational skills combined to fetch him perhaps the most important task in the quest for positive change in Nigeria.”
Now that elections are over and Rotimi Amaechi has justified expectations of him as the DG campaign organisation for his party candidates, one should expect that he would be well rewarded for his hard work.
But for his critics, a PDP chieftain in Rivers State, who spoke under condition of anonymity, stated concerning the character and traits of the former governor, “We all know Amaechi as an arrogant person who does not have respect for the elders. That apart, he is a restless person who loves to pick a fight with everyone whenever his interest is at stake.”
Despite criticisms at home, political analysts believe that, part of the sentiments, which may work in favour of former Governor Amaechi, in his quest for relevance in the new administration of President
Muhammadu Buhari, include his South-South background, which currently lacks substantial weight in the power structure.
They considered his demonstration of doggedness during his campaign assignment as a selling point for political appointment, even at the risk of abuses hurled at him by his people, who believe that he
used the oil rich state resources to finance the APC and criticised him the more for being a traitor who sold out his brother (former President Jonathan).
A recent book launch in Lagos, marking activities of his 50th birthday became an eye opener of what the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has in stock for him, politically. Since it was an
avenue for profusion of praise for the author, the power brokers within the APC and even other influential individuals never failed to eulogise Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi for his efforts alongside other formidable individuals at bringing about the much desired change in the country.
While Professor Wole Soyinka noted that, but for Tinubu and Amaechi, the much-desired change could not have taken place in the country, the National leader of the APC, Asiwaju Tinubu seized the occasion to let the cat out of the bag by assuring that Amaechi would be rewarded for his role with a juicy appointment in Buhari’s government.
Since then, opinions by political actors on what should go to Amaechi at the top have been divided, with fillers from the top that having enjoyed the goodwill among power brokers in APC, he may land an appointment as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF.
But since Buhari’s cabinet list had been long in coming, giving allowance for permutation, reflection and horse trading, some have come up with the latest theory about the character and trait of Amaechi for the top job as the SGF.
Critics view Amaechi’s personality as a mismatch for the much talked about SGF appointment. They describe him as a strong willed individual. Sources who preferred anonymity claim that Amaechi
started having it rough when a section of the APC chieftains questioned his suitability for the job.
One of our sources alleged, “Amaechi may end up causing more problems for President Buhari.”
He argued,”with his personality, if he is made to occupy a sensitive position like that; he will end up pushing the ministers around. But there are other areas that he would just fit in based on the judgment of our leaders.”
Continuing the source observed, “Amaechi has a strong personality but the party will think of what is best for him, but not the SGF. That office
needs a calm personality who will be there to ensure the President succeeds, not one who will fight with even party men.
He added that, based on his temperament, Amaechi may not succeed in that role, adding that as the SGF, one needs to have high level of maturity that can help the government to enjoy good coordination.
Outside these sentiments, this paper gathered that following series of meetings where issues of zoning arrangement were discussed, the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation was
zoned to the South-East, which may have rested the speculations that former governor  Amaechi may become the SGF under President Buhari.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday gathered that the decision at the party level rattled the former governor, but only for a while as he is said to be pushing for another juicy position in the new government. This may be responsible for the quiet around him, to enable him strategise, even as he is said to be operating between Lagos and Abuja.
The grapevine also suggests that Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, the first Executive Governor of Abia State, and former National Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, may likely clinch the SGF position, based on his personality and the need to factor the South-East geopolitical zone into the power structure of the country.


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