2023: I’m most experienced To end insecurity —Ameachi
A Presidential Aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Rotimi Ameachi has declared that he remains the most experienced among the Presidential Aspirants in the party.
Ameachi who stated this when he visited Ondo State to seek the support of APC delegates, pointed out that as Governor of Rivers state, he used his experience to end kidnapping and other security challenges.
The Minister visited the palace of the Deji of Akureland, residence of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae and the Ondo State APC Secretariat in Akure.
He said though other Aspirants of the party were competent, but having served as Councillor, Speaker of the state House of Assembly for eight years, Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Minister of the federal republic, he possesses qualities to lead Nigeria to overcome security and other challenges.
Reacting to the requests of the state Chairman of APC, Engr Ade Adetimehin and Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, the Deji of Akure, Ameachi gave an assurance that if voted in as President, he would ensure Seaport for Ondo state and Railway project through Akure would be actualised.
When he visited Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, the Deji of Akure and Chairman of the State Council of Obas,the Presidential Aspirant accompanied by some former and serving State and Federal lawmakers, explained that the rise in insecurity was caused by poverty and unemployment.
Amaechi called on Ondo state people to support his presidential aspiration, describing himself as the man Nigeria needs at this moment to tackle insecurity, poverty and other challenges facing the country.
He noted that he stands out in many regards, especially when he take a critical look at his numerous achievements when he held sway as Governor of Rivers State and his current assignment as Minister of Transportation.
According to him, “Nigeria needs a detribalised, firm and effective leader.”
Ameachi said, “In less than one year I became the governor of Rivers state, militancy stopped in the state and the reason why it stop was that every time there was militancy, our revenue from the federal government dropped so we needed to look for money in order to develop the state, to stop the kidnapping and others.
“I have had the experience in finding lasting solution to insecurity in my state, I’m not the person that they will teach because I have already known. Besides, I’m still going to learn on how we will end insecurity in our dear country.
“I’m going to give all necessary backing to the issue of security in order to secure the nation, I also believe that if we grow the economic and support our security system we will definitely find a lasting solution to insecurity. I have participated in moving this country forward and I will continue to do so.
“Your vote is matter this time around, we are here in Akure this time around to seek your support, and not for only general elections but for us to win the primary election which will give us the grace to be party candidate and once we have voted for in the general election, the traditional rulers will be giving a responsibility to play in the constitution.
“There will be no segregation, I promise to deliver and move this country forward. Take for instance, you can see our railway, I want to tell you that Akure was not part of the railway project before but when I came as a Minister, I included the Akure, they told me also that they wanted Seaport and I said there was no problem once you have the facilities our own is to give you licence.
“We must vote for the candidate that will make the ongoing railway project to continue, if voted for the wrong person the railway project will be aborted. If Akure wants the railway project to continue, you hold me a vote because politics is about interest.”
While speaking on what distinguished him from other aspirant, Ameachi said, “I came as 8 years Speaker, 8 years as governor, 7 years as Minister, I chaired the governors forum which I believe will help me to govern this country successfully.”
The Minister of Transportation, who stressed that for the most populous black nation to catch up with the rest of the world in terms of infrastructure and development, he should be encouraged and supported to give the presidency a shot.