The former Minister and a presidential aspirant under the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Rotimi Amaechi has said the governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello should step down for him because he is more experience than the governor.
The former Governor of Rivers State and his entourage which included former Army Chief, Gen. Buratai were in the Kogi state on Friday night to garner the support of Kogi APC delegates ahead of the Presidential primary of the party.
Speaking at the government House, Lokoja, Ameachi called on the delegates to prevail on the governor, Yahaya Bello to step down his ambition for elderly people like him.
He said though Bello was qualified to contest for the Presidency, but he’s still young and should make way for him to become the party flag bearer.
“This is the 28th states I will be visiting. I can no longer be called one of the APC aspirant because I have become the leading aspirant.”
Ameachi stated that he deserved the ticket ahead of others aspirant, “I was Speaker at the age of 34, Governor at the age of 42, and a minister in my early 50’s. I have acquired the needed experiences to lead Nigeria.
“I was a former chairman of Speakers forum, two term Chairman of Governorship forum, coupled with my interaction as Presidential DG campaign, I have what it takes to governed a country like ours.”
He noted that even though he was aware that Governor Bello was a contestant, he as an older, with more experience should be give the change to lead so that he will provide him with needed experience about governance.
“I am aware that His Excellency is also a contestant,but I am the only leading contestant,older with more experience and I want to inform him that I will provide him with necessary experience he needs to govern when the time comes”. He said.
Amechi who was accompanied by the immediate past Chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai said “I’m the leading aspirant, as a young man, you must allow an older man to lead,I am more experienced,if you vote for me,i am determined to move the country forward”
The Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Edward Onoja who received him in his reaction said that Kogi delegates were unanimous in their decision to back the State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello in his bid to become the next president.
Onoja was speaking on Friday in Lokoja while playing host to the immediate past Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amechi.
“I am sure you are aware that our energy, and vibrant governor is contesting for same position and we Kogi delegates have resolved to give our support 100 percent to him so that he can replicate what he has been doing in Kogi in the country.”
The Deputy governor, Edward Onoja however expressed confidence that Amechi possed the needed agility and stamina needed to move the country forward.
“The next president must come to the table with physical stamina an energy.
He however urged delegate to vote the best candidate that would best serve the interest of the people.
He also Prayed that God should give us the best leader that would deliver the nation from the present predicament.