- Rotimi Amaechi has joined the conversation surrounding the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria
- The minister addressed speculations that he would be contesting for the presidency
- Amaechi also advised the APC to respect the zoning formula in regards to selecting a presidential candidate
Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria's minister of transportation, has reacted to contesting for the presidency, either in 2023 or in the future.
Legit.ng recalls that about a month ago the 2023 campaign posters of Amaechi and Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai flooded some parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The posters which did not have the logo of any Nigerian political party had the face of Amaechi for president and El-Rufai as the vice president.
The minister who refused to answer on whether he would vie for the presidential ticket explained that he was focusing on his job at the ministry as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, The Nation reports.
Amaechi who made the disclosure during an interview on Channels TV backed the call for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to respect its zoning formula as agreed by the party.
The minister agreed with the submission of his counterpart Babatunde Fashola, in the Ministry of Works and Housing, that the ruling party honour the zoning agreement in picking its presidential candidate for 2023.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the minister of works and housing advised the leadership of the ruling APC to respect and honour the agreement reached at the formative stage of the party for zoning to take place.
Fashola was the first APC leader to reveal that there was indeed a zoning agreement between chieftains of the party in the past.
El-Rufai says zoning, not the solution
In a related development, the governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has said the zoning process among political parties would not solve the economic problems facing the country contrary to the call by Fashola, for the rotation of the presidency among the geo-political zones.
The governor said this on Tuesday, November 24, when he spoke at a plenary session on “Rethinking Sub-National Competitiveness” at the Nigerian Economic Summit (NES).
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