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UPDATED: Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi Finally Declares Intention To Run For President In 2023

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Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi has finally declared his intention to run for president in 2023.

Amaechi made the declaration on Saturday at an All Progressives Congress (APC) Thanksgiving Service at the Adokiye Amesiamaka Stadium Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The former Rivers Governor, while delivering a speech titled, ‘Forward With Courage’, said he would seek the party’s ticket to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Fellow Nigerians, I stand before you today to declare my intention and submit my application to serve as your next president,” he declared to the cheers of hundreds of party faithful at the event. “I did not come to this decision lightly, I have served our nation for the last seven years as minister of transportation.

“Eight years before that, I served as governor of Rivers State; in the preceding eight years before that, I was Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly. With in this period, I have also served as the Director-General of President (Muhammadu) Buhari’s campaign organisation twice,” Amaechi said.

According to him, his 23 years of service in various capacities have equipped him with great experience in governance and public service.

He claimed that the period has afforded him the opportunity to show compassion for the ordinary citizens of the country.

“After more than two decades in the public arena, I had wanted to go on a holiday and spend more time with my family before charting a new course outside politics, but at 56 … I am compelled by the urgency of our present challenges to place my experience and proven capacity at the service of the nation at the highest level.”

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and former APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole were among APC cheiftains who graced the event.

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