- After months of speculations, Senator Chris Ngige has officially declared his intention to succeed President Buhari in 2023
- The minister of labour and employment made the announcement in his hometown at Alor in Idemili North, Anambra state, on Tuesday, April 19
- Ngige said he has what it takes to rule Nigeria and promised to be a president every Nigerian would be proud of
Idemili North, Anambra state - The minister of labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has officially declared his intention to run for the position of president on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023.
The minister said that if given the opportunity to lead, he would be president everybody would be proud of.
He said he has what it takes to become Nigeria’s next president, adding that his present position has broadened his horizons and exposed him to the reality of Nigeria.
“If I become president of Nigeria I know what to do,” he said.
I did well as governor, minister, says Ngige
Ngige said he did well as governor of Anambra state and as senator and “I am doing well as a minister.”
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He said, as a minister, he resolved 1,383 labour disputes and took labour to international arena.
“On the account of your request, I promised you that I will consult and give reply in April when asked me to contest for president.
“Today, I am declaring. I, Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige, formerly declared that I am contesting for president of Nigeria," the minister said.
Buhari, APC have not failed, says Ngige
According to him, the president worked with the resources available to him.
“Some people will say this administration has failed, a government that built Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Enugu-Porthacourt Expressway, restored Nigeria’s aviation industry, built railways and built many other landmark projects across the country cannot be called a failure. Buhari performed according to the resources available to him."
China Backing Buhari's Minister to Become Nigeria's President in 2023? Embassy Reacts
The embassy in a statement published on its website on Sunday, April 17, described the report as fake news.
It urged the general public to ignore it and keep vigilant "on this kind of fake news, which is fabricated with ulterior motives."