April 17, (THEWILL) – A coalition of not less than 13 socio-political groups drawn from the South-South and Southeast, have said that no amount of threats would deter the Minister of Transport, Chief Chibuike Amaechi, from his genuine quest to run for the presidency of Nigeria in 2023.
The group, which met in Uyo at the weekend, expressed dismay at calls by the National Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN), for the Minister to resign his appointment, within 48 hours, warning that Amaechi is a law abiding citizen of Nigeria and would do the needful in due time.
Describing the action as a sponsored blackmail with the intention of distracting the Minister, following his declaration to seek the coveted office in 2023 and warned those behind such action to redress and avoid overheating the polity.
They, therefore, commended the Minister “for shunning all political distractions to put your best foot forward in the big decision to rescue Nigeria.”
The former Rivers governor had declared over the weekend to be part of the race to succeed outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, during the All Progressives Congress (APC) thanksgiving ceremony at the Adokie Amasiemaka stadium, Elekahia, Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
Speaking at the meeting, Comrade Ordinance Emeji, the Director-General (DG), Media Vanguard for Change (MVC), one of the coalition groups and Secretary, Hon. Igbikiminachin Kalio, noted that “Amaechi’s declaration has sent fears to the camp of some political enemies to begin the sponsored blackmail against him.”
Emeji, who spoke on behalf of the Southern youths’ group, said “with the final declaration to run, the stage is now set for the youths across the zones to engender effective mobilisation, to ensure he gets the nod of delegates to the forthcoming presidential primary in Abuja.”
“We are very happy that at last, the Minister did not disappoint the youths of the South-South and Southeast, and truly heeded our clarion call for him to stake his hat in the ring for the interest of unity, peace and development of the country.
“As the two-term Speaker of the Rivers state House of Assembly; two-term governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, as well as two-term Federal Minister, we have no doubt in his ability to deliver if he eventually scales the hurdle of nomination.
“We are set to mobilise for him across the country because he has vast experience in politics and governance in Nigeria, and his broad experience various positions at the state and federal levels put him in a better position as the best for the country at this moment of national tension occasion in virtually all geo-political zones of the country”, he stated.
He, however, urged Nigerians to rally round a youthful and patriotic aspirant, pointing out that “the country needs someone with determination and patriotic spirit to re-invent Nigeria and tailor it along the path of real development that has eluded us in the last couple of years.”
He, therefore, appealed to the Minister to begin consultations and horse-trading with a view to drawing key stakeholders, the delegates and the electorates to key into the vision of a new Nigeria under him from 2023.