In a moment of candour, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has revealed how he was so broke during the struggle to reclaim his mandate as Governor of Rivers State that he could not pay his children’s school fees.
He disclosed this during a Special Thanksgiving Service to mark the 10th-year anniversary of the Supreme Court judgment that declared him governor in 2007. The service held at the Abundant Life Evangelical Mission (ALEM) in Port Harcourt.
Amaechi contested and won the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primary for Rivers State Governor in 2007.
His name was substituted by the party for Celestine Omehia, an action which he challenged in court.
The case eventually got to the Supreme Court.
He became governor on October 26, 2007, after the Supreme Court ruled that he was rightful candidate of the PDP and winner of the April 2007 Governorship election in Rivers State.
He went ahead to win re-election in 2011.