April 27, (THEWILL) – Senator Ibikunle Amosun has declared his intention to contest the presidential seat in the 2023 general election, promising to help Nigeria “achieve her manifest destiny.”
The Senator, who represents Ogun Central Senatorial District, made the decision known in a letter he wrote to the Senate.
Senate President Ahmed Lawan read the letter during a plenary session on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to the letter, the lawmaker says his experience makes him fit for the seat.
“I have been blessed by God to serve as Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between 2003 and 2007 and as a two-term Governor of Ogun State between 2011 and 2019. I have also had the privilege to be elected a second time to the Senate of the Federal Republic in 2019, where I currently serve the good people of Ogun Central Senatorial District.
“My varied experience in private and public life has imbued me with requisite insights, experiences, and network of relationships adequate to provide a leadership that will galvanise our dear country to achieve her manifest destiny as a leader in Africa and of the black race”, the letter read.
The letter noted that the official declaration will take place on Thursday, 5th May, 2022, at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, CBD, Abuja.
Amosun’s declaration further adds to the growing list of politicians, who have declared their intention to vie for Nigeria’s number one position under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Already, a chieftain of the party and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi; Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State; a former Imo Governor, Rochas Okorocha, Cross River state governor, Ben Ayade, among others, have indicated their interest for the APC ticket.
Also, there are speculations that former President Goodluck Jonathan will soon declare his intention.
The Cross River leader, however, said if “the APC feels that President Jonathan is the appropriate candidate that will take us to victory, I will turn my support for him.”