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Rotimi Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi




Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi born 27th May, 1965 is a Nigerian politician who served as the Federal Minister of Transportation from 2015 to 2022 under President Muhammadu Buhari. He resigned from this role to pursue a presidential bid under the All Progressive Congress (APC). Previously, Amaechi was the Governor of Rivers State from 2007 to 2015 and the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly from 1999 to 2007.

Amaechi was born in Ubima Community, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State. His names, Chibuike and Rotimi, reflect his Igbo heritage, meaning "God is strength or power" and "who knows tomorrow," respectively. Raised in the densely populated neighborhood of Diobu in Port Harcourt, he attended St. Theresa's Primary School from 1970 to 1976 and Government Secondary School Okolobiri, where he earned his West African Senior School Certificate in 1982. He then pursued higher education at the University of Port Harcourt, graduating in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Studies and Literature. During his time at university, he was the president of the National Union of Rivers State Students (NURSS). After completing the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in 1988, Amaechi worked at Pamo Clinics and Hospitals Limited and served as a director in several companies.

Amaechi's political career began during the transition to the Third Nigerian Republic when he served as the secretary of the National Republican Convention in Ikwerre Local Government Area. From 1992 to 1994, he was the Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili. He also played a significant role as the Rivers State secretary of the Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN) caretaker committee during General Sani Abacha's transition program in 1996.

In 1999, Amaechi was elected to the Rivers State House of Assembly to represent his constituency and was subsequently elected Speaker. He was re-elected Speaker in 2003, holding the position until 2007. As Speaker, Amaechi fostered a collaborative relationship with Governor Peter Odili, which later soured as Amaechi campaigned to succeed Odili as governor.

In 2007, Amaechi won the People's Democratic Party (PDP) primary for Rivers State Governor but was initially denied the candidacy by the party. He challenged this in court and was ultimately declared the rightful candidate and winner of the April 2007 governorship election by the Supreme Court. As governor, Amaechi focused on infrastructure development, urban renewal, and modernization of transportation services, including the construction of a monorail in Port Harcourt and several power plants.

Amaechi was re-elected governor in 2011. In 2013, he was among the seven governors who formed the G-7 faction within the PDP and later defected to the APC. He played a pivotal role in Muhammadu Buhari's presidential campaign as the Director-General.

As the Federal Minister of Transportation, Amaechi oversaw significant projects, including railway modernization. In July 2019, he was re-nominated and confirmed for a second term as minister.

Amaechi has faced multiple corruption allegations, primarily from his successor, Nyesom Wike, concerning the misappropriation of state funds. He has consistently denied these allegations. In 2022, the Supreme Court allowed a probe into an alleged ₦96 billion fraud during his tenure as governor.

On the personal front, Amaechi is married to Judith Amaechi, and they have three sons. He is a Catholic and a Knight of the Order of Saint John (KSJ). In 2021, Amaechi released a single titled "Blessed The People The Lord Has Chosen As His Heritage" with his wife in celebration of his 56th birthday. Amaechi holds the national honor of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).


27th May, 1965

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