Chief Rotimi Amaechi, the immediate past Minister of Transportation and a presidential hopeful for the All Progressives Congress (APC), has pleaded with Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to resign for him.
Amaechi made the pitch on Friday night while campaigning for Kogi delegates ahead of the APC presidential primary. He urged the delegates to persuade Governor Yahaya Bello to drop his presidential bid in favor of senior people like him.
Though Bello is eligible to run for President, according to the former Governor of Rivers State and his entourage, which includes former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai, he is still young and should make way for him to become the Party’s flag bearer.
“This is the 28th state I will be visiting. I can no longer be called one of the APC aspirants because I have become the leading aspirant.
“I was Speaker at the age of 34, Governor at the age of 42, and a minister in my early 50’s. I have acquired the needed experiences to lead Nigeria.
“I was a former chairman of Speakers’ forum, two term Chairman of Governorship forum, coupled with my interaction as Presidential DG campaign, I have what it takes to govern a country like ours,” he said.
However, Chief Edward Onoja, the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, who greeted him, stated that Kogi delegates were united in their choice to support the State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, in his aspiration to become the next President.
“I am sure you are aware that our energetic and lively governor is competing for the same job, and we Kogi delegates have determined to give him our full support so that he may reproduce what he has done in Kogi throughout the country,” Onoja answered to Amaechi.
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