Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has narrated how Chibuike Amaechi, a former Rivers State Governor, rescued him from Department of State Services, DSS, detention.
Addressing Kaduna State delegates on Sunday, when Amaechi, who is one of the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential aspirants came to seek their support, El-Rufai said his wife has not and will never forget the role Amaechi played to save him from the jaws of the secret police.
He said even before this election period, Amaechi has been his wife’s favourite Nigerian for this particular gesture.
“One time the SS wanted to arrest me, that I wrote something.
“Governor Amaechi called and said I will take you there and I will not leave until they let you go, what did you do?
“He took me there in his car and stayed there until they let me go. Till tomorrow, my wife will never forget that. Amaechi is her favourite Nigerian,” he said.
Many people believe that should Amaechi win the APC presidential primary and get the party’s sole ticket, he would pick Governor El-Rufai as his running mate.
Rufai disclosed that Buhari loves Amaechi due to his decision to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, during the era of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
He disclosed this when Amaechi met with APC delegates from Kaduna ahead of the party’s national convention.
El-Rufai recalled wooing Amaechi and some other governors into the APC during the PDP administration.
“Let me tell you my history with Amaechi. When we started discussing with the G-7, the seven governors that wanted to defect to the APC, I was holding nocturnal meetings with Amaechi and Governor Nyako of Adamawa State until we got five of them to move to our party, and that was the game-changer.
“And for you to understand how difficult it is, imagine Amaechi of Rivers State from the same South-South with incumbent President Jonathan.
“He made the sacrifice to move to our party. It was a game-changer. This is part of the reason President Buhari loves Minister Amaechi till tomorrow,” El-Rufai said.