Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani has thrown his hat in the ring to become Nigeria’s President in 2023 under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Senator Nnamani in a press briefing in Abuja on Friday said he is the most suitable aspirant to replace President Muhammadu Buhari at this critical period in Nigeria’s history.
“Looking at the array of aspirants to replace President Buhari in 2023 under the platform of the APC, I believe that I am very suited for the job of the President of the republic at this period in the history of Nigeria,” he said.
“I believe that every period in the history of a country requires a particular kind of leader. Nigeria faces very tough challenges now more than ever. It is a time like this that we need a man of tested integrity and competence to mobilize Nigerians to overcome these tough challenges. My pedigree as the President of the Senate and Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Constitutional and Electoral Reform shows beyond doubt that I am that man.
“In 2023, we need a leader who knows how to work across the divides and lead a coalition for competent and dedicated Nigeria to lay foundations for social stability and prosperity. We need tested and trusted leaders who would reignite hope in the hearts of young Nigerians and unlock the competencies that we are losing to other nations.”
Senator Nnamani said Nigerians should evaluate him based on his track records in public service.
“If I become President in 2023, I will be coming to that job in a depressive and sober moment like in 2005 when I was elected as President of the Senate. Many of you will remember vividly how Nigerians lost faith in the credibility and the mission of the National Assembly,” he said.
“Many of you will remember that the National Assembly was swept into the maelstrom of corruption and inefficiency before I became the President of the Senate. But soon after becoming Senate President, I worked with my colleagues across party lines to reinvent the National Assembly and reinvested it with character, competence, and commitment to excellence.
“We recovered the institution of legislature from the perception of corruption and instituted procedures that defeated corruption and made the National Assembly an exemplar of excellence. We can do it again.
“I declare my intention to contest for the 2023 APC Presidential Primary from a sense of urgency and purpose, not from a sense of political career or as a form of national drama. For me, this is a call for duty of honour; it is a national service, not a joke. It is a serious business. It is about justifying the trust of Nigerians of diverse ethnic and religious orientations who have called on me to avail the nation once again, the competencies, discipline, and character I displayed in the past.”
The former lawmaker said he represents the best option for the southeast region based on the growing consensus that the presidency should be zoned to the east.
“I am delighted that there is a growing national consensus that the next president of Nigeria should come from the Southeast. I believe that the people of southeast owe other Nigerians the reciprocal respect of bringing forth the best to lead. Many southeasterners and other Nigerians, especially my colleagues in the National Assembly, have asked me to avail the Nigerian nation the characteristic honest, competent, and disciplined leadership I offered the Senate.”
Senator Nnamani will slug it out with other aspirants at the party’s primary election slated for May 30 and June 1, 2022.