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2023: Amaechi vows to address nation’s woes, joins presidential race

By Ann Godwin and Obinna Nwaoku (Port Harcourt)
10 April 2022   |   4:08 am
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday, threw his hat into the ring and joined the 2023 presidential race on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (middle), racing round the track to greet the crowd of supporters, during his declaration to contest the 2023 Presidential election, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt…yesterday.<br />

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday, threw his hat into the ring and joined the 2023 presidential race on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). 
  
At a thanksgiving service organised by the Rivers State Chapter of the party, the former governor of the state vowed to end the nation’s intractable woes and bring about prosperity.
    
Until yesterday, the minister, who is the sixth APC aspirant to officially declare his intention, had consistently 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 a cheerful crowd, adding that his aspiration was not for selfish interests. 
  


Amaechi, the South-South leader of the APC said he would use his 23 years in governance, from being a speaker to being a governor, and a minister to fix 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 address stated that the mandate of the party has returned, adding that the APC in the state is now positioned 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 his solidarity speech, the Plateau State Governor State, Simon Lalong, who represented the Northern Governors’ Forum, and the Progressives Governors’ Forum, said it was misrepresented in the media that Amaechi had no structure in the state.