Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, has declared his support for the former Head of State, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), to run for presidency in 2015 general election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The governor made his position known on Tuesday when the former head of state paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt, ThisDay reports.
Amaechi expressed believes that Buhari has a solution to corruption which he described as the main problems of Nigeria and insisted he would support the former head of state in his aspiration.
He, however, condemned the fact that several Nigerians had been accusing Buhari of tribalism and also being a religious bigot.
“The problem that you have in politics, which I have come to observe, is that those who managed your image in the past did not manage it properly. They allowed them erroneous label of you being a religious bigot to stick. Let me take myself for example, if you accuse me once, I accuse you 20 times and then go to the media to tell them my own side of the story.
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Those who describe you as a religious bigot do not know you. Frankly, I used to think that way when I was in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but all that changed when I joined the APC and had the opportunity to relate with you very closely as a politician and realised that you are truly detribalised in the true sense of the word,” Amaechi said.
Amaechi promised to be at the declaration of the former head of state, promising that on the day of the primary election, Buhari would see them in their true colour.
Responding earlier, Buhari revealed he was in the state to solicit support from the governor and his people to emerge APC candidate in the 2015 elections. He accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of mismanaging the country and assured that he has the capability to stop insecurity as well as the impunity currently bedeviling the nation.