Rotimi Amaechi, the former governor of Rivers State, has claimed that some delegates were paid to vote in the APC presidential primaries in June.
Mr Amaechi made the claim on Saturday at a celebration for Eugene Ogu, the general overseer of Abundant Life Evangel Mission in Port Harcourt.
Mr Amaechi stated in a video uploaded on the church’s Facebook page that the delegates collected money to tackle their urgent problems.
He also stated that some of the delegates who raised funds to vote are rethinking their decision.
“God should save the ordinary Nigerian because they are the problem. Those who voted at the APC primary, who are they? The ordinary Nigerian. The small money they got solved their immediate problems,” he said.
The former governor was the runner-up at the APC presidential primaries, where he polled 316 votes to come a distant second to Bola Tinubu, who polled 1271 votes.
Mr Amaechi did not mention the aspirant who allegedly gave money to delegates, but there were accusations and counter-accusations between Mr Tinubu’s supporters and those of other APC aspirants during and after the primaries.
Speaking on the outcome of the primary election, Mr Amaechi said those who voted at the primaries are ordinary Nigerians and he tagged them the problem of Nigeria.
“I don’t believe that is the solution to Nigeria’s problem — giving money. I hope you know. I give you N10 million now and when it finishes, what happens? The solution to Nigeria’s problem is that all of you must rise,” he said.
“Now ‘oh we made a mistake’; ‘we didn’t make a mistake’. We are hearing different things. If Nigeria’s problem were to be solved, the ordinary Nigerian must be at the forefront. Pray for the leadership of the country, but also pray that ordinary Nigerians choose the right president to govern.
“May God make — vote APC, I am not joking — may God make you vote for the right candidate that will change Nigeria,” he said.