Rt Honourable Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, has joined the 2023 presidential race. Amaechi, who has severally denied being interested in the race, declared his interest on Saturday, April 9, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium Port Harcourt, venue of the Rivers APC Thanksgiving service.The minister who said he would be running under the platform of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), confirmed this development.
He wrote: “I stand before you today to declare my intention and submit my application to serve as your next President.” Amaechi has been in government since 1999, serving two terms as Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly (1999-2007), and two terms as Governor of Rivers (2007-2015). He is one of the few ministers President Muhammadu Buhari reappointed in 2019.
The government of the All Progressives Congress had been accused of being complicit in the activities of terrorists across the country. The allegation against the APC-led government was made by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party. According to the opposition, the Nigerian government led by the APC has refused to end terrorists’ operations despite intelligence information at its disposal.