According to Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi, he remains a member of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.
Amaechi, one of the ten ministers to whom Buhari said goodbye on Friday, made the announcement in Kaduna State on Sunday.
Two ministers who participated in the valedictory session for ministers vying for elective positions in 2023 reversed their positions after the event.
Chris Ngige, who had expressed interest in succeeding Buhari, withdrew from the run for president, and Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation, withdrew from the contest for governor of Kebbi.
Amaechi stated that he would retire on Monday.
He informed the state’s delegates that he is the youngest and most experienced presidential candidate, adding that the presidency demands the agility of a young man, therefore the elderly should go home and rest.
“I will continue President Buhari’s agricultural reforms to combat hunger,” he added, adding that the current administration had inherited poverty but was able to improve the situation.
“You must vote for a leader who will safeguard and provide for everyone regardless of area, religion, or tribe,” he stated. “I promise to do just that.”
Earlier, Governor Nasir El-Rufai introduced Amaechi to the state’s delegates, stating that he is a close friend and loyalist of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Daily Trust, El-Rufai publicly backed APC National Leader Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu within a week of asking delegates whether they would vote for him and receiving a positive response.
“Others will also arrive; nevertheless, who is your friend? Who is your supporter? Okay, your loyal friend is a person who remembered you when you had nothing and no one was with you. Amaechi provided this support; he did it for both Buhari and me, he remarked.
“Many election candidates claim that delegates have little chance of reaching heaven because they don’t keep their word, but I always declare that Kaduna delegates are different. You were in a hurry and did not listen to the advice of other applicants. Amaechi is present, and I told you so; the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and Governor Kayode Fayemi are also on their way. Also coming is my older brother, Pastor Tunde Bakare. In light of this, you should be prepared and know what to say.”
In 2011, Amaechi, the then-governor of Rivers State and a member of the PDP, donated the defunct CPC funds to hold its convention.
Since then, President Muhammadu Buhari has requested that we continue speaking. When they were considering joining the APC, we spoke with seven governors before two of them backed out. Amaechi turned his back on his own neighbour, Goodluck Jonathan, and announced that he would support Buhari. The Daura Emirate bestowed upon him the title “Dan Amanan Daura” because he upheld this trust.