Jonathan also collected loan from China, Amaechi hits back at PDP chieftain/ Jonathan

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has tackled a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Katch Ononuju, for demanding his resignation over alleged mishandling of funds from China. 

Ononuju, had while appearing on an AIT programme in July accused the minister of indulging in shady deals to secure loans from China to fund ongoing rail projects across the country. 

The development had come amid dusts over the clauses attached to loans collected from China, with the House of Representatives noting such poses threat to Nigeria's sovereignty.

Reacting during an interview with Channels TV on Tuesday, however, Amaechi dismissed the PDP chieftain's claim as baseless. 

According to him, the said loan was obtained during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He alse addressed fears over Nigeria conceding its sovereignty to China.

His words: “There’s a gentleman who went to AIT, and said ‘oh I should resign’ and I wonder which university he graduated from, certainly not University of Port Harcourt.

“He said I should resign. Resign from what? Are you saying those projects weren’t executed? Is there no Kaduna-Abuja railway?

“By the way, he said he is PDP; that loan was taken under President Goodluck Jonathan’s government.

“The loan he’s talking about — the Kaduna-Abuja railway — was signed by the President Goodluck Jonathan government.

“Don’t forget that we told the whole world when commissioning that project, that 80 percent of that project was executed by President Goodluck Jonathan’s government.

“The loan was taken by President Goodluck Jonathan’s government, and for that reason we had to name the train station and infrastructure in Agbor after President Goodluck Jonathan’s government for that laudable achievement.”