Former Minister of Transportation and All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Rotimi Amaechi stated that Kogi State Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello should withdraw his presidential ambitions in favour of him because he has more experience than the governor.
This was stated by the former governor of Rivers State when he came to Lokoja, the state capital, to court delegates prior to the party’s presidential primary.
On this visit, he was accompanied by the former Army Chief, General Tukur Buratai.
Amaechi, speaking at the Government House, urged the delegates to persuade Governor Bello to abandon his political ambitions for elderly people like himself.
He stated that although Bello is qualified to run for president, he is still young and should step aside for him to become the party’s nominee.
“This will be my 28th state to visit. I can no longer be considered a candidate for the APC because I am now the leading candidate,” he said.
Amaechi added that he deserved the ticket more than other candidates.
“I was Speaker when I was 34, Governor when I was 42, and a minister when I was in my early 50s. I possess the necessary experiences to lead Nigeria.
“As a former chairman of the Speakers forum, two-term chairman of the Governorship forum, and presidential campaign director, I have the qualifications to lead a country like ours.”
Even though he was aware that Governor Bello is a candidate, he argued that he should be given the opportunity to lead in order to provide him with the necessary experience in governance.
“I am aware that His Excellency is also a candidate, but I am the only leading candidate, am older and have more experience, and I wish to inform him that I will provide him with the necessary experience to govern when the time comes,” he continued.
The Deputy Governor of the State, Edward Onoja, who greeted the presidential candidate on behalf of the Governor, urged Amaechi to visit the governor and consult with him, stating that only Governor Bello can provide the delegates with direction.
He asserted that the state remained an APC stronghold, promising that they will deliver for the party in the 2020 general election, just as they did in the 2015 and 2019 elections.