Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation and a presidential contestant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the upcoming 2023 general elections, has stated that the party’s National Leader, Bola Tinubu, is eminently qualified to be Nigeria’s next president in 2023.
This occurred as Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu reiterated his unwavering support for Tinubu’s presidential ambition, adding that the National Leader will continue to serve as a rallying point for him and the people of Lagos.
The two exchanged remarks on Thursday night at Lagos House in Marina, where the latter paid the former a courtesy visit.
Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, and Amaechi are APC presidential candidates.
Sanwo-Olu, in his address, expressed best wishes in Amaechi’s presidential ambition as well, saying, though, he is also eminently qualified for the top job.
The governor, however, told his guest, that he is a “direct beneficiary” of Tinubu’s leadership, and as such, the state will support him to become Nigeria’s next president.
According to Sanwo-Olu, “I have sheer regard and respect for our leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu. I have been a direct beneficiary of his leadership. I have been part of his cabinet
“Personally I continue to tow that line of leadership and what he stands for.
“I want to say to you that you’re eminently qualified and I want to wish you well in this journey. Clearly, for all of us in Lagos state, Asiwaju continues to be our rallying point, but the country is our country and we must continue to see it as the one that is indivisible and the one that we all rally round.
“I certainly know too well what your pedigree is and what you have done.”
In his reaction, Ameachi acknowledged that it took a lot of courage to visit Lagos because he recognises Tinubu’s influence in the state.
His words: “It is a difficult thing to even come here because we already know that our leader comes from Lagos state. And you come from that family of our leader.
“We know that our leader is eminently qualified to rule this country. He has led Lagos state.”
Recall that on April 9, 2022, Amaechi, in a dramatic manner declared his intention to run for the office of president, describing his decision as a “moral duty to give what I can in the service of my country”.
Meanwhile, Tinubu, who has not officially declared his intention to vie for the exalted office of President of Nigeria had few months ago informed the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari of his presidential ambition in 2023 general polls.