JUST IN: Rotimi Amaechi joins 2023 presidential race

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Nigeria's new Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi smiles during a swearing-in ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria November 11, 2015. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari swore 36 ministers into his cabinet on Wednesday, five months after his inauguration. Buhari won March elections after vowing to crack down on corruption in Africa's biggest economy and top oil producer. He has been criticised for waiting until September to name his ministers at a time when the economy has been hammered by the fall in oil prices. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde - GF20000054922

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, has declared his intention to run for president in 2023.

Amaechi declared his presidential bid today at an All Progressives Congress (APC) event in Rivers state.

The minister said he would contest the party’s presidential ticket to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I stand before you today to declare my intention and submit my application to serve as your next president,” he said.