“I stand before you today to declare my intention and submit my application to serve as your next President.”
With these words Chibuike Rotimi Amaech, the Nigerian Minister for Transportation and former governor of River States officially declares for Nigerian Presidency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Amaechi joined the crowded group that have declared earlier including APC leader and former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu; Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State; Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State; former Abia governor and serving senator, Orji Kalu and former Imo governor and senator, Rochas Okorocha.
During his declaration at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, he stated that his 23 years of public service has become a bedrock of experience and knowledge to confront Nigeria’s engulfing life threatening problems.
“I did not come to this decision lightly. I have served our nation for the last seven years as Minister of Transportation.
“For eight years before that, I served as Governor of Rivers. In the preceding eight years before that, I was Speaker of the Rivers House of Assembly,” he continued.
“Poverty has become a challenge all over the world especially in the developing world: The COVID-19 crisis has placed unanticipated burdens on the budgets of nations and put pressure on available resources.
“Trans border crises have erupted in unusual places and placed the internal security of many nations under pressure.
“We are part of the Sahel, an area of the world that is subject to frequent terrorist attacks. Let us look at our current challenges as part and consequences of these global trends,” as he highlighted the country existential problem.
He concluded by reminding the crowd of his endeavor in the Buhari administration, “I am proud to have been part of this success story. It has been an honour overseeing the Ministry of Transportation in reviving the moribund railways and working tirelessly to create an integrated national transportation system that will positively impact our economy, trade, employment, business, and national cohesion.”
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