As the North prepares to handover power to the South in 2023, a number of groups have stepped up efforts to find a patriot who would be trusted to take the nation to the next level.
From every indication, quite a lot of Nigerians are warming up to the idea that Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation and former Governor of Rivers State may be the one most suited to take over the reins of administration from President Muhammadu Buhari when the time comes.
President Buhari has himself prayed that God would take the two-time Director General of his campaign organization to greater glory, saying the sacrifice Amaechi continues to make to put smiles on the faces of his fellow country men would never be forgotten.
Within and outside the Nigerian media, Amaechi is seen as a performer, a patriot and the best of the Ministers in terms of performance.
In the North, many see him as a friend and dependable ally who can be trusted to keep Nigeria together and take her to the next level.
Already, the campaign to draft Amaechi into the race has opened fully in the North where ordinary people as well as core politicians are talking intensely about the Rivers born politician.
Think Nigerian First Initiative (TNFI), a northern based outfit has embarked on an aggressive campaign to sell Transportation Minister, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, to the North, as a possible successor to Buhari in 2023.
A video made by the group, featuring a prominent female northern singer has since gone viral.
According to information reaching our news desk, the dramatization of Amaechi’s qualities as a patriot, compassionate leader and friend of the North has been well received among the group’s target audience.
There are other groups like the Nasiru El Rufai Associates which has roots in the East and the Rotimi Amaechi Progressive.
We have learnt these campaigners are criss crossing the country in a bid to rally support for their preferred candidates.
Under five years, Amaechi who heads the Transportation Ministry has revolutionalized the rail sector, driving the vision of the Buhari administration to the zenith despite daunting economic challenges facing the country.
Rail lines are being buit across the country, with train services ready to go inspite of the Covid 19 threat.
Chief Edwin Clark recently acknowledged Amaechi as his son and urged him to step up moves to reconcile his home base, political affiliations notwithstanding.
Clark urged Tinubu to stand down his ambition saying it was time for the old Eastern Region to produce a president.
He recalled how Amaechi visited him while serving as Governor of Rivers State, but noted that differences between the former governor and former President Goodluck Jonathan had torn them apart.
He said he was impressed with Amaechi’s birthday wishes which showed they were still like father and son. In the meantime, the pro-Amaechi lobby intensifies as ordinary Nigerians, some of them non politicians, throw their weight behind him.