The presidential election in 2023 is rapidly approaching, and some supporters are already mobilizing to ensure that the politicians they support to run and win. The South is expected to produce the next President, and some Southern politicians, including Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Rotimi Amaechi, are expected to run in the 2023 presidential election.
The Arewa Youths, a Northern group, have chosen Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, the current Minister of Transportation, as their presidential candidate for 2023. This will be the foundation of our discussion in this article. Why did the Arewa Youths pledge their support for Amaechi to succeed Buhari in 2023?
To begin with, Amaechi is one of Buhari’ s top ministers, and many believe he has done well. Many Nigerians are excited about the rail project that his ministry has begun. According to the newspaper Leadership, Arewa Youths believe Amaechi has the ability to develop the country. Another reason given by this group is that Amaechi understands Nigerian politics. Some Nigerians may disagree with Arewa Youths on this, but Amaechi has been in politics since 1999.
He began his career as the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly. He was the Governor of Rivers State for two terms (2007- 2015) and the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum.
Above all, he led Buhari’ s campaigns in 2015 and 2019, even when some in the South- South were upset that he worked against Goodluck Jonathan’ s re- election in 2015.
According to my understanding, Arewa Youths believe that there is no better way to thank Amaechi for his support of President Buhari from 2015 to the present than to mobilize for him in the North to ensure that he contests and wins the APC presidential election in 2023.
However, we will have to wait and see if Amaechi can secure the APC’ s presidential ticket in 2023 if he decides to run.