Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amachi, the former Rivers State governor and the minister of transportation under Gen. Buhari-led administration, has declared his interest in contest for the office of the president of Nigeria in the coming 2023 general elections.
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His declaration comes 2 months after he was turbaned in Daura, and further denied several comments or allegations of wanting to contest as the president of Nigeria, hence being the reason he got the title from the Emir.
In his short declaration speech, according to a post he shared on his fb page on Saturday, Amaechi revealed that it is in his interest to take over the mantle of leadership and take over from Buhari, he said;
“I stand before you today to declare my intention and submit my application to serve as your next President,”
The minister is currently addressing APC members in Rivers.
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Amaechi has been in government since 1999, serving two terms as Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly (1999-2007), two terms as Governor of Rivers (2007-2015). He is one of the few ministers President Muhammadu Buhari reappointed in 2019.
Arguably one of the most influential ministers, Amaechi served twice as the head of Buhari’s campaign in 2015 and 2019. Amaechi is the first member of Buhari’s cabinet to throw his in the ring, others interested in the 2023 race are yet to make their intention known.