2023: Ken Nnamani declares for President of Nigeria, seeks for reduction of ₦100million cost of form
Former Senate President of Nigeria, Chief Ken Nnamani on Friday, formally declared his intention to run for the President of Nigeria in the forthcoming general elections.
Declaring his interest at a brief ceremony in Abuja, the All Progressives Congress member said he is running for the highest office in the country to improve on the legacies of the president.
Nnamani, who said he is in the race to solve Nigeria’s problems and would not make any excuses; added that his leadership pedigree and scorecard as a senate president speak for themselves.
The former President of the Senate also demanded the reduction of the cost of interest and nomination forms for aspirants seeking elective posts under the APC.
According to him, such costs do not align with the nation’s current socio-economic realities.
Nnamani who made his declaration during a press conference in Abuja said compared with other aspirants who had declared intention so far, he was the most suited for the job of the President. Some aspirants including a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello; Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi; a former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Orji Kalu; ex-Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha; Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade; Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige and Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba have openly declared their interest to succeed Buhari whose second-year tenure ends on May 29, 2023.
Nnamani said his pedigree as the President of the Senate and Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Constitutional and Electoral Reform makes him the right candidate.
According to him, Nigeria faces very tough challenges now more than ever, adding that the country needs a man of tested integrity and competence to mobilize them to overcome these tough challenges.
He said, “Different period requires a different kind of leadership.
In 2015, we needed a Buhari to take Nigeria away from the misdirection of the Peoples Democratic Party.
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.
According to Nnamani “My pedigree and previous accomplishments in high office in Nigeria lend credence to the fact that I am a good fit for the challenges of this moment in Nigerian history.
I am aspiring to be President in 2023 because I believe that in this period of grave crisis, Nigeria needs to be reinvented to be a modern, democratic state that prioritizes the socio-economic wellbeing of its citizens; to be restructured from inefficient consumption to production; and to be led with integrity and compassion.”
He said following the growing national consensus that the next president of Nigeria should come from the South-East, the region owe other Nigerians the reciprocal respect of bringing forth the best to lead.
Nnamani said many people from the South East and other Nigerians, especially his colleagues in the National Assembly, have asked him to “avail the Nigerian nation the characteristic honest, competent, and disciplined leadership he offered the Senate.”
To transform the country, he stated that he will restructure Nigeria from inefficient consumption to production.
He stated that there is a need to “recover the state from the grip of despair and despondence and chart a future of hope and achievement for every Nigerian.”
Mr Nnamani was the President of the Senate from 2005 to 2007 and was instrumental in quenching the third term agenda of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Mr Nnamani joined the APC on January 22, 2017 from the PDP.