Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has received supports to join the 2023 presidential race.
Naija News reports that the minister received the backing of a coalition of socio-political groups under the auspices of the Southern Mandate Group to join the race for the nation’s number political position ahead of the upcoming general elections.
The group in a statement issued on Wednesday shortly after their meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, noted that Amaechi is versed with administrative experiences and is fit to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
The groups, Naija News understands were drawn from the 11 states in the South-South and South-East.
Defending Amaechi’s credential, the group stressed that the 56-year-old politician has demonstrated his disposition to the oneness and unity of Nigeria through his advocacies concerning the indivisibility of Nigeria.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the endorsement, the SMG President-General, Chibuikem Asuzu, said, “Having studied his performance in various positions as a two-term Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly; governor for two terms; Chairman, Nigerian Governors Forum; Minister for over six years, we in the coalition of Southern CSOs have declared and affirmed support for Mr Amaechi.
“We have resolved that the Southern block should ensure someone who has the capacity with inner love for the development of the country and capable of fostering national cohesion should be supported to lead the country,” Asuzu added.
According to him, it was time the electorates “rose above petty sentiments of ethnicity, nepotism and other discriminatory factors to sustain the tempo of developments as engineered by President Buhari since 2015.
“We are staunchly in support of Amaechi and our hope is the Presidency be zoned to Southern Nigeria in the greater interest of equity, fair play and justice.
“As far as Nigeria’s unity is concerned, Amaechi has demonstrated his disposition to the oneness and unity of Nigeria through his advocacies concerning the indivisibility of Nigeria.”