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2023 Presidency: I’m more qualified than Tinubu, Atiku, Osinbajo – Amaechi

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2023 is around the corner and several groups and individuals have insisted that the presidential ticket should be given to the South.  

  On that note Rotimi Amaechi, transport minister and President Muhammadu Buhari’s ally, has declared himself the best presidential material among other aspirants, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, APC national leader Bola Tinubu, and ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

Rotim; made this disclosure  after consultation  with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

  “With due respect to my brothers in APC, PDP and other political parties, I am the most qualified in this present race,” Mr Amaechi asserted.

  Mr Amaechi, 56, described himself as the bridge between the country’s young and the older generations.

  The minister lauded Mr Ogunwusi for preserving and upholding the Yoruba culture, adding that he decided to start his consultation and visitation from Ile-Ife because “the ancient city is the source.”

   “If elected as Nigeria’s president in 2023, I will sit down with the National Assembly to address the relevance of the traditional institution in Nigeria. There is a need to consult our traditional rulers in order to bring governance closer to the people,” said the transport minister and former Rivers governor.

  Interestingly the Ooni reciprocated positively toward that gesture he said Mr Amaechi as one of the luckiest politicians in Nigeria, pointing out that Nigerians had a lot to gain from his wealth of experience.

  “You have been relevant since the start of this republic. It is for a reason and I urge you to use that grace for the betterment of all Nigerians. What is obvious in your team is the inclusion of women. I am proud of this and I want you to keep doing more in this regard,” explained the monarch. “Women are so powerful, especially when given leadership opportunities, they see what we men do not see.”

   Apart from Mr Amaechi, other APC presidential aspirants are Rochas Okorocha, Orji Kalu and Governors Yahaya Bello (Kogi) and David Umahi (Ebonyi).

  However he has managed to gain support from some groups. Youth groups from the southern part of Nigeria, under the aegis of Coalition of Southern Youth Progressives Forum (C.S.Y.P.F), have concluded plans to endorse Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as their consensus presidential candidate.

   According to themqualified to take over the mantle of leadership from President Muhammadu Buhari, come 2023.

  Dozie Nwankodu, spokesperson of the forum, in a statement said that the choice of Amaechi by the southern youth was based on certain qualities he had.

  Nwankodu, who addressed the press in an interview, he  said that Amaechi had governance knowledge and experience, tenacity, vision,

drive, uprightness, youthfulness, and detribalised nature.

  He said that these were the core charactristics much desired by Nigerians in the present situation of the country’s history.

  In the statement, he said: “ Amaechi has track records as a two term Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly, Chairman of Nigeria’s Conference of Speakers of State Assemblies, two term Rivers State Governor.

  “Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum; 2015 and 2019 Director General of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, coupled with his impressive performance as the Minister of Transportation.

  “These are humongous governance experiences that gave him the edge above any other 2023 presidential aspirant in Nigeria,’’ he said.

  “Without fear of any contradiction, it is imperative to state that His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is the only presidential aspirant in Nigeria today with all round governance experience.

  “His pedigree exhumes confidence, trust, character and principle.

  “Being young, vibrate and versatile, he has demonstrated 21st century leadership at all core levels in the public space he has been opportuned to serve.

  “His records as two term House of Assembly Speaker, two term governor, two term Director General of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, and unmatched streaks of success as the Minister of Transportation, set him apart from other aspirants.

  “His years as Speaker and later governor of the Rivers were replete with commitment to good governance transparency and accountable stewardship to Rivers people, with his projects still standing tall in the State till date.’’ However his once upon a time friend and now political river and current Governor of Rivers state Nyesom Wike has also joined the race under the umbrella of People Democratic Party.

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