The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday, declared his ambition and joined the 2023 presidential race on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
At a thanksgiving service organized by the Rivers State Chapter of the party, the former governor of the state promised to put an end to the nation’s intractable enemies and bring about prosperity.
Until yesterday, the minister, who is the sixth APC candidate to officially announce his intention, had on times without number denied being interested in the presidential race.
“I stand before you today to declare my intention and submit my application to serve as your next president,” the former governor said to the joyful crowd, noting that his ambition was not for selfish interests.
Amaechi, the South-South leader of the APC disclosed that he would use his 23 years in governance, from being a speaker to being a governor, and a minister to recreate the nation.
He said: “My aspiration is not about fulfilling any personal ambition. I am contesting for the office because I believe that it is my moral duty to give what I can in the service of my country.
“To sustain and intensify present efforts at solving our national problems, our democracy must ensure the emergence of a leadership that is equipped with broad experience in governance to ensure stability and continuity. To sustain our democracy and preserve our unity, we need a steady hand and a passion for success in a nation that remains united to pursue prosperity for all Nigerians.”
The chairman of the party in the state, Chief Emeka Beke, in his words said that the mandate of the party has returned, noting that the APC in the state is now prepared to win elections.
Beke, who spoke on behalf of the new state executives, said: “We are here to thank God for the victory he has already given us ahead of time.
In a joint speech, the Plateau State Governor State, Simon Lalong, who represented the Northern Governors’ Forum, and the Progressives Governors’ Forum, stated that it was misrepresented in the media that Amaechi had no stand in the state.