Presidential Race 2023: “I will be president for all,” Amaechi assures as he visits s/west states
Presidential Aspirant and Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, on Monday gave assurances of promoting inclusive national interest if he is given the opportunity to serve as Nigeria’s next president.
Giving the assurance while visiting the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade, the Odun Dun ll, Amaechi said he would be detribalized and would ensure the protection of the yearnings of all Nigerians, irrespective of tribe and religion.
He also paid a private visit to Elder Statesman, Chief Olu Falae and proceeded to Ibadan, where he paid a visit to the Olubadan of Ibadan, Olalekan Balogun, and met with delegates and party faithful at the Oyo State APC Secretariat.
To the Deji of Akure, Amaechi said, “You recognized us for who we are. You recognized us not as a Yoruba candidate, not as a Hausa candidate, not as an Igbo candidate or Ikwerre, where I come from, but as a Nigerian candidate. I am detribalized, I don’t know Yoruba or Hausa, I just know Nigeria, and everybody should be treated like that, there should be no segregation,” he said.
Amaechi also restated that he would improve on the security situation in the country if elected, as he would deploy his wealth of experience in governance and fighting insecurity.
“Your Majesty sir, it is not enough to say I was a former Governor for two terms, former Speaker for two terms, and all of that. The question to ask is what did I do with those positions? Because when I say I come with experience, I actually come with experience. Quite a lot of those who are contesting or aspiring to be the President do not come with that kind of experience that I come with. I have governed a state where there was insecurity.
“When I was Governor of Rivers state, they were kidnapping two months old babies. The first they confronted me with was the kidnap of a prominent Nigerian, a Rivers man, Prof. Nimi Briggs, one- time Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt. And the next person they kidnapped was the wife of late Chief Lulu Briggs; prominent people, and I was barely few weeks months old in office, I rescued them.
“So we equipped the Military and Police; we trained them and made sure that at any point in time you kidnap anybody, we were in the position to rescue the person and punish the kidnappers. So, I am experienced in finding solutions to insecurity,” he said.
Amaechi also visited the Olubadan of Ibadan, and the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun.