Some amalgamated groups in northern Nigeria have stated their resolve to draft minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, into the forthcoming 2023 presidential race.The position of the group followed the outcome of its meeting held in Kaduna state on , January 4. According to them, Amaechi, the immediate past Rivers state governor had been a loyal member of the APC and should be rewarded with the presidency by party members. In a communique issued at the end of the meeting and signed by its chairman, Mallam Hamisu Hadeijia, the groups appraised Amaechi’s efforts at reconstructing the once comatose railway sector.
They said with the rehabilitation of the railway sector by Amaechi, the north is set to regain its pride of place as an economic hub. Part of the communique read: “We have watched with keen interest all the efforts of the minister to revamp some of the strategic rail lines in the North. With these, we are convinced that in no distant future the region will regain its lost glory as an economic hub. “All these are bringing relief to the teeming citizens and residents of the region who are set to take advantage of the availability of the rail lines to facilitate trade and commerce.
”On the political front, the group said: “We have observed for the record the role of His Excellency, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi in the emergence of President Buhari in 2015. What even thrills us is that Amaechi took a very big risk to support Buhari, even at the expense of a sitting president from his region. “We have resolved that Amaechi should be rewarded for this act of loyalty with the nation’s presidency come 2023 and we have resolved to make it happen.” Hadeijia stated that a definite decision would be taken in March 2022 after the group had finalised and perfected plans to draft the minister into the race.