The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations, Ogbonnaya Onu has declared his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
Onu while declaring his intention at an event in Abuja on Friday, revealed why it took him time to express his 2023 ambition.
According to the former Governor of Abia State, he delayed his declaration to allow Nigerians to return from the festivities considering the importance of his ambition.
Onu in his statement described himself as a “man of great compassion”, adding that he provided free treatment in public hospitals as a governor.
The minister further stated, “As a man of great compassion, and also believing that women are great builders of nations, I did not want any pregnant woman or child to die either during pregnancy or childbirth, which are the most challenging periods in any woman’s life, just because the woman cannot afford to pay hospital bills. Hence, all pregnant women received free treatment in public hospitals.
“I want all Nigerians, particularly the youth to know that Nigeria has a bright future. Let there be nothing that can make any Nigerian lose hope about the future of Nigeria.
“The Almighty God that created us, gave our dear nation, everything that she needs to be a leader in the world. Working together, we will make use of the knowledge economy driven by STI to make Nigeria truly great.
“My fellow Nigerians, we have the key to unlocking the prosperity of our dear nation, and this key is a knowledge economy driven by science, technology and innovation.
“This is so because no nation has ever become truly great, whether in ancient or modern times, without the efficient and effective deployment of science, technology and innovation to nation-building. I am convinced that I know, the experience, the credibility, the education having been trained in one of the best universities in the world, the vision, the integrity, maturity and a man who can be trusted.
“I most respectfully ask my political party, the APC, to elect me as its presidential candidate, and the people of Nigeria to elect me as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for me to be the chief servant of the nation.”