Former Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi says he is the best candidate to become president because he understands the sufferings of poor Nigerians.
“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”, Mr Amaechi said.
Mr Amaechi, a former governor of Rivers, made this assertion while canvassing for votes from All Progressives Congress delegates in Niger State on Thursday.
“I know what you’re suffering; I was governor of Rivers State when they were kidnapping two months old children, and I never slept until everybody slept. But in six months, we brought down insecurity in Rivers State,” the presidential aspirant added.
Amaechi is not the first politician to project himself as one who understands the yearnings of Nigerians.
In 2011, former President Goodluck Jonathan, warmed his way into the hearts of the average Nigerian by portraying himself as a poor Otuoke boy who grew up without shoes.
Similarly, it was believed by majority of the voters in 2015, that President Muhammadu Buhari was not financially capable of purchasing the nomination forms of the APC without the help of sponsors. It was also believed that as a former president, he had only one house.
Time will tell if Amaechi’s words resonates with the people like Jonathan and Buhari’s words respectively.