Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, has ruled himself out of the race for the 2023 presidential election.
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Baring a twist, the two leading parties, the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are expected to present a candidate from the South.
Despite, Amaechi, who is believed in some quarters to have his eyes on the coveted seat said he won’t throw his hat in the ring on account of his age in an interview with The Sun.
“I am not up to age of those contesting for the positions because the president is for those that are 70 years and above. I am just 54 years this month, May. And since I am not qualified by age, how can anyone say that I am going for the positions,” the former Rivers governor told the paper in witty and veiled reference to the last general election where the two major contenders for presidency, President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar were in their seventies.
Recall that Section 131 of the constitution states that – A person shall be qualified for election to the office of President if –he is a citizen of Nigeria by birth, and has attained the age of forty years.