Advocacy for a president from the South-South geopolitical zone is gathering momentum, as youths in Rivers State drum up support for the transportation minister, and former governor of the state, Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, for presidential candidacy, come 2023.
The youths also emphasized the need for Wike’s successor to come from the riverine Rivers State.
Speaking under the aegis of Frontiers for Peace and Unity, FPU, leadership of the South South youth organisation urged Nigerians, and those in the oil rich Niger Delta region to support Amaechi for president in the forthcoming election, stressing that he is most qualified for the position.
The youth body under the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State made this call during the inauguration of the executives of the Port Harcourt City Local Government Area chapter of FPU.
The event, held in Rumuobiekwe Community, of Orogbum Nkpolu area of the state, had in attendance the APC Phalga leader, Hon. Collins Owhondah, the LGA chairman, Chief, Hon. Emmanuel Chike Orlu, the Rivers State Coordinator, FPU, Hon. Mike Amachree, among others.
The group believes that the transport minister has been very prudent in any task assigned him, hence, the need for President Muhammadu Buhari to hand over the mantle of leadership to him, in 2023.
Though, the transport minister is yet to officially announce his interest, but there are emerging indications that he has started plotting his winning strategy, also, he appears to be the focus of some stakeholders and leaders in the Niger Delta region.
While the likes of Chief Ogbona Nwuke, a former commissioner under the Amaechi’s government in Rivers State, who recently resigned as APC spokesperson, and returned to the PDP is still unsure if or not to vote Amaechi for president, some stakeholders and youth organisations have thrown their weight behind the minister.
Speaking with TNN shortly after the inauguration, The PHALGA Coordinator of FPU, Mr. Onyebuchi Patrick Echenwo said, “he (Amaechi) is the best candidate, for Buhari to achieve some level of success in the Nigerian economy, transportation sector is one that has made it possible.
“We all know the importance of railway and how it is helping in the export and importation of products in Nigeria currently. Ameachi is one man that is prudent in any office he found himself, if he happens to be president, I believe with his age and wisdom, he will do well.
“Rivers people should support him, because he did well for Rivers people, it is only when one do well, you can praise him for his efforts for him to do more. My massage to Rivers State youths is that, we have been agitating for a young and prudent President, and Amaechi is that man who has the qualifications, Rivers youths should join strength with FPU to make sure we bring Amaechi to the President Position come 2023.
When asked if he thinks Amaechi needs the help of his Ikwerre brother, the governor of Rivers State, Barr Nyesom Wike and his supporters to win the election, the PHALGA FPU coordinated said, “needing the help of his Ikwerre brother is okay, like me, I’m an Ikwerre man, and definitely he needs my help to win, but personalizing it to Wike and his supporters, it depends if they will see the importance to support him and live party difference. Ikwerre people are behind Amaechi come 2023.
“Amaechi’s legacies as a former governor, and his leadership principles which are still exponentially displayed in his assignment as minister for transportation of the federal republic of Nigeria. We charge everyone to join hand with the Frontiers for Peace and Unity and APC to actualise a peaceful, united and developed Nigeria.”
Speaking during the inauguration, the founder and national coordinator of the FPU, Mrs. Owadikitorusinya Ikalama stressed on the benefit of uniting and fronting a just course.
She also hailed the Phalga chapter for queuing up quickly and showing readiness and willingness to move the interest of the group forward.
Mrs. Owadikitorusinya further charged all to strongly keep to the tenets and mission of FPU, which she said includes “to propagate the message of peace, unity and development among APC members, Rivers People and Nigerians to support Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi to ascend the seat of president of Nigeria and elect a riverine to ascend the governor’s seat of Rivers State.”