Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister for Transport, has asked not to be distracted about the politics of 2023, saying he is not a politician. Amaechi said this while responding to a question about his alleged interest in succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 on Arise TV.
The transportation minister said he is preoccupied with delivering on the various railway projects across the country, adding that he could not combine the ministerial duties with politics.
Amaechi noted that even if he has a 2023 ambition, he wouldn’t have started two years to the election because he is not a rich man.
He explained that his recent visit to Taraba state was strictly for a wedding ceremony, contrary to insinuations in some quarters that it was a campaign visit. His words: “I went to Taraba for a wedding. At the end of the wedding, if you see plenty news that was out of Taraba.
“Mischievously, it was reported that I went to campaign, campaign to do what?
“The election is about two years plus away, am I that rich even if I have ambition? I have told you, can you people allow me do my work?
“I am the Minister for Transport and that is my responsibility, nobody should keep talking to me about politics, that was why I said on several occasions that I am not a politician. Please allow me do my work”.
In a similar development, former President Goodluck Jonathan has repeatedly maintained that it is too early in the day to start discussing the 2023 elections.
The former president gives such a reply whenever he is asked if he has any plan to contest in the next presidential election. However, the growing rapport between Jonathan and some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is causing anxiety in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).