The details of the meeting between presidential hopeful, Rotimi Amaechi and Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State have emerged.
Naija News reports that Amaechi visited the governor at the Government House in Katsina on Monday to begin his consultations for his 2023 presidential ambition.
Speaking at the meeting, the Minister of Transportation stated that the purpose of the visit was to inform the governor and members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of his presidential aspiration.
The presidential aspirant added that he has the qualities and the requisite experience to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Amaechi said under his stewardship in Rivers, militancy was reduced and some oil companies relocated their headquarters back to the state.
He said he would replicate all his achievements in Rivers at the federal level, adding that he is the only presidential aspirant that governed a state where there was militancy.
He said: “Your Excellency, you are the first governor I’m visiting after declaring to run for the President of Nigeria in 2023, I will visit others as I progress with my consultations. I have visited three to four Emirates, two in the area you superintend over, and two in Kano.
“I have come to also brief you on how far we’ve gone with the railway assignment given to us by Mr. President. And the third reason is to tell you that I am interested in running for the office of the President of Nigeria.
“I think I’m qualified, and I happen to be the only candidate in the race who governed a State where there was militancy, so I have experience of how to manage militancy. Between six months and one year of occupying the office of Governor of the State, the militancy reduced tremendously.
“Schools were opened, market women were able to go back to the markets, kidnapping reduced drastically and business returned. Foreign companies came back, Shell reopened, in fact by the time I was leaving, Total was trying to transfer its headquarters to Port Harcourt. Unfortunately, when I left, they couldn’t manage it, so Total moved back to Abuja. But LNG returned their headquarters to Port Harcourt during my tenure as governor, Shell relocated their headquarters to Port Harcourt.
“So we have experience, for somebody who has been in office for eight years as governor, eight years as speaker, seven years as minister, I chaired the Governor’s forum, I chaired the speakers’ forum, I also was the DG of the campaign of President Buhari twice.”
In his reaction, Governor Masari expressed confidence in the minister’s character and his ability to lead the country.
The governor, therefore, said Amaechi has a good chance of becoming president of the country and is qualified to succeed President Buhari.
He said: “We have come a long way. I have no doubt about your character and your ability and your inclusiveness.
“We have discussed this privately, now you have come to formally declare your intention to contest for the office of the President of your country, which I feel you are qualified, and I hope you will play politics like a modern politician, because the way our politics is been played for quite some time, there is need for a change of attitude, change of approach, change of style so that we should treat the current situation of today with today’s solutions, not today’s problem with yesterday’s solutions.
“As you know, I wish you well. You were there for me when I needed support and I appreciate and recognize that.
“You have a good chance. The experience, you have it, the service years, you have it and the rest we leave it to God because he is the ultimate decider. I wish you well.”
This article was originally published on Nigeria News