Former Minister of Transportation and presidential aspirant under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Rotimi Amaechi has called on Kogi delegates to prevail on Governor Yahaya Bello to step down his ambition for elderly people like him.
The former Governor of Rivers State stated this when he came to Lokoja, the state capital to woo delegates ahead of the presidential primary of the party.
Amaechi said that though Bello is qualified to contest for the presidency, but noted that he is still young and should make way for him to become the party flag bearer.
“This is the 28th state I will be visiting. I can no longer be called one of the APC aspirants because I have become the leading aspirant,” he said.
Amaechi further said that he deserved the ticket ahead of other aspirants,
“I was Speaker at the age of 34, Governor at the age of 42, and a Minister in my early 50s. I have acquired the needed experiences to lead Nigeria.
“I am a former Chairman of Speakers forum, two-term Chairman of Governorship forum, coupled with my interaction as Presidential Director General campaign, I have what it takes to lead a country like ours,” he said.
Amaechi also noted that even though he was aware that Governor Bello is a contestant, but as an order person, with more experience he should be given the chance to lead.
“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 the necessary experience he needs to govern when the time comes,” he added.
He therefore stressed the need for the Kogi State Governor, to withdraw his presidential ambition for him because he has more experience than the governor.
Amaechi was accompanied on the visit by the former Army Chief, General Tukur Buratai.
Responding, the Deputy Governor of the State, Edward Onoja who received the presidential aspirant on behalf of the Governor, urged Amaechi to visit the governor and deliberate with him, saying only Governor Bello can tell the delegates the direction to follow.
He noted that the state remained an APC strong hold and assuredthat the state deliver the party in the next year general election.