2015: Count Me Out Of Presidential Race – Amaechi

AMAECHI2Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has for the umpteenth time, stated that he has no desire to contest in the 2015 presidential elections.

He said in a bid by his detractors to paint him black before his colleagues prior to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum election, his campaign posters depicting him as a running mate to Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa state in the 2015 polls, was printed and pasted in some parts of the country.

Amaechi, who spoke in a telephone interview on Friday, said those behind the posters thought that his colleagues would be angry before the NGF election and assume that he wanted to use the office for selfish reasons.

But Amaechi, who was declared winner of the now controversial NGF election with 19 votes against 16 that was recorded by his opponent, Da Jonah Jang of Plateau State, said those behind the appearance of his posters would soon stop.

He said, “Those responsible for the posters are doing it out of mischief. I did not send anyone to print my posters and up till now, I don’t know who is responsible for the action.

“But one thing is clear: they were done to tarnish my image before other governors.

“Their intention was that because of the posters, my fellow governors would not vote for me during the NGF election, thinking that I have an ambition which I want to use the chairmanship to achieve.

“But because the governors know there is no such ambition, they did not bother as they still voted for me.”

When quizzed if it was wrong for him to have such an ambition, he answered in the negative but wondered why some people spent money for what he described as “a venture meant to destroy other people.”

“But you may need to know that I don’t have such  an ambition in the first place,” he added.


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