- Media sources have it that the younger sister of Bukola Saraki, Gbemisola, has replaced Rotimi Amaechi as the new transportation minister
- Before her latest elevation on Tuesday, May 17, Gbemisola was the minister of state for transportation
- However, the reported promotion of Gbemisola is yet to be confirmed by the presidency or any presidential media aide
Emerging reports have it that Gbemisola Saraki, the minister of state for transportation, has taken over as minister of transportation following the resignation of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi who is running for the presidency.
Gbemisola is the younger sister of Bukola Saraki, a former Senate president who is currently pursuing a presidential ambition on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Business Day reports.
Recall that Amaechi had hinted that he would resign on Monday, May 16 as a member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
Amaechi was part of the outgoing ministers hosted by the president this past week.
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But it seemed the Rivers-born politician wants to stay put, until at least the last day given by the president.
The former minister gave the hint in Kaduna on Sunday, May 15 when he visited the state to canvass the support of APC delegates for the presidential primary.
He also used the opportunity to express appreciation to President Buhari for the opportunity to serve as a minister.
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With this, Amaechi tendered his resignation hours after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered his cabinet members seeking elective offices in 2023 to step down.
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Amaechi had formally declared his intention to contest for president on Saturday, April 9, even as he promised to tackle insecurity and hunger in Nigeria.
Amaechi made the declaration during a special thanksgiving organised by the All Progressives Congress at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Igwurita, Ikwerre Local Government Area, a facility he built while he was the governor of Rivers state.