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2023: I know poverty, I eat garri everyday - Amaechi tells Niger delegates


Rotimi Amaechi, the former Minister of Transportation and Presidential aspirant on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform, has remarked that growing up in a disadvantaged home exposed him to the realities of poverty.

Amaechi stated this during a meeting with the APC's Niger state delegates on Thursday, May 19, 2022, ahead of the party's presidential primary.

Punch said that, the former Rivers state governor still eats 'garri' three times a day, which allows him to interact with people easily.

In a statement about his candidacy, Amaechi stated that he has the greatest experience of all the candidates, citing his stellar performances as Speaker, Governor, Minister, and Director-General of two successful presidential campaigns.

"Another difference between me and them is that I am a politician, they’re not. The difference is that I can walk to you and I’ll talk, discuss with you," said the former Minister.

He also said that coming from a poor background had given him an understanding into the plight of the common person as he can easily relate with them.

"I can connect easily with the people. I wasn’t born into a rich family. My father was a poor man, and the only English my mother knows how to speak is pidgin English. 

"I ate garri three times a day, and I still eat garri three times a day till today, so I know poverty", he said.

He reminded the delegates that he understands the issue of insecurity that is currently afflicting Niger state since he had to deal with a similar situation during his tenure as governor of Rivers.

"I understand your pain; I was governor of Rivers State when they were stealing two-month-old children, and I never slept until everyone else did."

"However, in six months, we were able to reduce insecurity in Rivers State," Amaechi stated.

Amaechi will compete against other APC presidential candidates in the party's presidential primary on May 29 and 30, 2022.


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