2023 Race: I Know Osinbajo Is From Ogun But My Experience Matters More, Amaechi Tells Alake, Ogun APC - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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2023 Race: I Know Osinbajo Is From Ogun But My Experience Matters More, Amaechi Tells Alake, Ogun APC

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| The Crucible | Tuesday, April 26, 2023

By Mariam Adekunle, Abeokuta

Minister of Transportation and Presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rotimi Amaechi, has declared that, he was more experienced than Vice President Yemi Osinbajo when it came to ruling Nigeria.

Amaechi spoke on Monday night when he met with Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun and delegates of the APC in Abeokuta, the state capital

The minister, while addressing the delegates and leaders of the party in the state, boasted that, he remains the only aspirant with the experience, capacity and energy to run the affairs of the nation.


 Presidency 2023: I know Osinbajo is from Ogun, but look at my experience - Amaechi tells Alake, Ogun APC

Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, on Monday night met the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, and Egba chiefs in Ake palace, soliciting their support and blessings for his 2023 presidential ambition.

Amaechi is a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Presidential hopeful noted that he was not unmindful of the fact that another aspirant - Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on the platform of All Progresives Congress (APC) hails from Ogun State but urged the monarch and his Egba people to consider the experience he(Amaechi) would bring to the table if given their mandate and throw their weight behind his aspiration.

The minister who was accompanied to the Palace by governor Dapo Abiodun - represented by his Chief of Staff, Shuaib Salisu, and other dignitaries, apologized for keeping the paramount ruler and his people waiting for hours until he showed up late at night.

Describing himself as a humble and detribalised Nigerian, he identified the elites as the problem of Nigeria, saying they(elites) were in the habit of turning Nigerians against one another by stoking tribal, ethnic, religious and sectional sentiments for cheap political gains.

Fielding questions from the chiefs, he lamented the challenges of paucity of fund buffeting the Federal Government, saying Nigeria's main "problem is lack of money" to accomplish the tasks before her.

He said he would address insecurity, militancy, kidnapping and banditry in the country through strengthening of the traditional institution to assist, creation of jobs, infrastructural developments among others.
 
In his response, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo prayed God to grant Amaechi his heart desire.

Earlier, the minister had met with ppgovernor Dapo Abiodun, the leadership of Ogun State APC and delegates ahead of the party's presidential primaries, urging them to support his ambition.

He appealed to the delegates to put his wealth of experience into consideration and the fact that past and present governors of the state are his friends, urging them to back him whether he was a bad candidate or not regardless of their own, Osinbajo, being in the rac

“Let us even assume that I’m the worst aspirant, for the sake of friendship, I’m entitled to your votes, you will go there and say for the sake of this our friendship, if he is going to fail, let’s fail with him.

 “I’m very experienced, I’m not a Yoruba candidate and I will never be a Yoruba candidate. I’m not a Hausa/Fulani candidate and I will never be a Hausa/Fulani candidate. I’m not an Igbo candidate and I will never be one. I’m a Nigerian candidate.

“I challenge all others who are competing with me to show me the basis that they can claim to be a Nigerian candidate.
 
“I’m a different Nigerian and I’m one of the true Nigerians and I think all of you seated here are true Nigerians. The problem of Nigeria is not you, it is the elites.

“I’m prepared for debate, I’m prepared to provide solutions.

“No person among all those competing has governed a state where there was insecurity, but I have. By the time I took over the governor of Rivers state, they were kidnapping two-month old children. What did I do first, I didn’t pay ransom. I made a law that if you pay ransom you go for six months imprisonment because where there is no demand, there will be no supply.

“My administration will give equal opportunities to the men, so that they will compete equally, they will be appointed on merits and they will be given that chance to be part of the government.

"Let me thank the opportunity for me to address you, I know that there is a candidate from this state, our vice president, the man of honor, he is a good candidate but I think that if you look well, my experience matters. He, the Vice President has said that I am forthright man with his mouth and if you approach me you will know I am forthright.

“I come with experience, I’m 56 years old, I will be 57 in May, so I’m the bridge between the young and the old. I have energy and people have said, no, being energetic is not enough to preside over a state, but you can’t preside over a state in the hospital.

“He, the Vice President, had said that I’m a forthright man and if you approach me, you will know that I’m forthright.”

Responding, Abiodun saluted his courage, humility, sincerity and honesty in display as he went about pursuing pursuing his presidential ambition.


 

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