Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, has asked Nigerians to stop distracting him with 2023 general elections, saying he is not a politician.
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Amaechi, who served two terms as governor of Rivers State and also speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly for eight years, said this while responding to questions on Arise Television on Saturday morning.
Amaechi said he is preoccupied with delivering on the various railway projects across the country.
The minister said even if he has political ambition in 2023, he would not have started campaign two years to the election because he is not rich.
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He stated that his moves are often misinterpreted by those he called “mischief makers”, narrating how he recently visited Taraba for a wedding ceremony and it was termed a campaign visit.
“I want to make sure that we deliver on these projects within the period we are in government. We want to deliver Kano-Maradi,” he said.
“It is not going to be easy. I have to really travel from Abuja to Kano, from Kano I have to inspect what they are doing every week to make sure that we deliver it on time.
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“I have to deliver Lagos-Calabar because nobody has mentioned it but we are into it. We are working on the funding. Once we get the funding, we would do ground-breaking. I have to deliver that. I have to deliver Port Harcourt-Maiduguri. And don’t forget within the first tenure of our government, we delivered Itakpe to Warri, we delivered Lagos-Ibadan. We completed Kaduna-Abuja started by Goodluck Jonathan’s government.
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“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.”