Chibuike Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation and former Governor of Rivers State, has declared himself the most competent presidential contender in 2023 to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
The minister said that his qualifications put him ahead of Tinubu, Wike, Saraki, Peter Obi, and others in the race to become Nigeria’s next president.
Anaedoonline.ng has learned that Amaechi boasted about his political positions while speaking at Ile Ife on Monday at the Palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, during a consultation visit to the traditional monarch.
The minister emphasized that his prior experience and accomplishments in government, as well as his physical and mental condition, suited him to assume power.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, senior members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have expressed their desire to run for president in 2023.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, and Rochas Okorocha, among others, are all APC presidential candidates.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, former Senate President Bukola Saraki, Governor Bala Mohammed, Aminu Tambuwal, Peter Obi, and Anyim Pius Anyim are among the PDP’s politicians.
Speaking yesterday in Ile Ife, Amaechi said he has a better chance of becoming Nigeria’s next leader because of his credentials which surpass that of other politicians who have shown interest to run for the presidency.
He said, “If you look at my history, among all of us in APC, including PDP, with all due respect to them, I happen to be one with more precedence. 8 years as Speaker, 8 years as Governor, 7 years as Minister, the first Director-General of a campaign to lead a fight of the removal of a government in power.
“With that experience comes the fact that the greatest and the most difficult thing for anybody in government is to lead among equals. If you don’t lead properly, they’ll remove you.
“I’ve led my equals twice, as Chairman of the Conference of Speakers and as Chairman of Governors’ Forum, which was very turbulent when there was a sharp disagreement between the governors and the then President. So, I’m experienced enough to manage the country at this difficult time.”
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