Igboeli Arinze & Kabir Gusau, FCT Abuja-
Barring any last minute changes, the Minister for Transportation and former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi will be declaring for the office of the President for 2023.
Amaechi who has being touted for the number one job of the federation has begun consultations with stakeholders and kingmakers all over the federation with the intention of succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari, whose tenure elapses in 2023, haven served for two terms of four years each.
Amaechi, asides from his consultations has reportedly tapped a former Governor of Edo State and former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC to lead the movement for now.
Likewise, Amaechi is banking on the support of the likes of Nasir El Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State and Governor Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa State, who are for now backing Amaechi.
While Amaechi will also be counting on his achievements as a former governor and his present feats in the transport sector. He will still have to contend with the likes of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, Senator Ken Nnamani, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, Governor David Umahi and Governor Kayode Fayemi.
Also Amaechi hails from the South South region of the country that had produced a president in the person of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, on the basis of fairness, a region like the SouthEast may not be at home with an Amaechi Presidency even with his Igbo roots. Again, his role in ousting former President Jonathan and his numerous battles with the likes of his successor, Governor Nyesome Wike and his predecessors in the likes of Celestine Omehia and Peter Odili has earned him deep mistrust of a number of leaders in the region.
Lastly, Amaechi may not also be trusted by the North who see Amaechi as one who may not be easily swayed by the region’s interests, forcing the region to anoint a more pliable candidate.
Amaechi however posseses a deep war chest as well as has the advantage of age, but then he will have to slug it out with the various interests within the APC to determine whether his name will be on the ballot come 2023.