The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has accepted expression of interest and nomination form under the All Progressives Congress Party, APC, for the office of the President of Nigeria.
Receiving the form from the Project Nigeria Group, Nwajiuba called on the party to trust him as the new symbol of unity ,growth and regeneration.
He said; “I thank with profound respect my fellow Nigerians both those present here and those in all our nooks and cranny, whose desire for a regeneration has led them to identify me as their Chief Recruit for the job of moulding Nigeria along the path of its collective dreams.
“They have gathered resources from every part of the country and purchased the form for which the APC will nominate a candidate to fly its flag in the presidential elections in February 2023, they have now presented this to me.
“I now solemnly accept to run for us all, and bear our party’s flag into the elections and become our next president.”
“I accept to run for us all, and bear our Party’s Flag into the elections and become our next President. I do this recognising that in the last 7 years, President Muhammadu Buhari has performed extraordinary feats in ensuring that our progressive ideas have been established; physical infrastructure of every type and inclusive policies reaching out to our poor and less privileged. As we strive to uplift Nigeria and Nigerians into a developed state.
“I propose to take up the paths that builds on the solid foundations that have been laid thus far. Provide different paradigns for new challenges and provide the platform for a vista that accommodates subject experts to pull together forces to meet our Nations challenges,” the Minister explained.
Responding to questions on the continued industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Nwajiuba said financial autonomy was the only solution to addressing the incessant strikes by the Union.
Acknowledging that the impact of ASUU strike is huge on the Nigerian students, he stressed that the Nigerian government has continued to appeal to ASUU to seek redress to its means of payment through the Integrated Personnel and payroll system IPPIS, rather than the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS.
On resignation before participating in the election, Nwajiuba said a public office holder is guided by the law of the country.
He said; “there are laid down guidelines there is no one here who has the power to confer on any person when to resign or not, Nigerian law is a tested law. On this issue anyone who has a challenge on this can go to court on it.”
The Chairman Project Nigeria, Alhassan Aliu, said Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba was has the trust and support of the youths due to his commitment to Nigerian project.
Aliu said; “Leaders are made, Emeka is made, we need a change, we need people who are tested. He’s committed we are putting forward somebody who is a detribalised Nigerian for Nigerians.”
The Coordinator Project Nigeria Group, Sariki Dahiru said different political groups from the 36 States of Nigeria pulled their resources together to purchase the Presidential nomination form for Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba following his antecedents and transparency.
Also, Dr Ndubuisi Ugochukwu from the PNG, said the country needed a man with ideas, competence, capacity and a man who speaks the language of the 21st century to pilot the affairs of the country.
Ugochukwu said that youths in the six geo-political zones, religious and traditional institutions had consulted and came up with the choice of Nwajiuba.