- More and more prominent Nigerian politicians are expressing their interest to contest the 2023 presidency
- A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim who is from Ebonyi state, has joined the fray
- Anyim, an ex-Senate President, says he has ignored calls to join the race in the past but he has now fully ready to vie for the PDP presidential ticket
FCT, Abuja - A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim has declared that he will contest for presidency in 2023.
Anyim, a former Senate president, said he will contest for the position whether his party - the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will zone the presidential ticket to the southeast or not.
The News Agency of Nigeria quoted him as saying:
“Posters of my presidential bid and agitations by groups for me to contest flooded the social media in 2020 and I disassociated myself from such calls.
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“I felt that it was too early for such a declaration, to enable the present administration to concentrate on governance.
“Such calls resurfaced in the early part of 2021 and I chose to be quiet over the issue.
“We currently have less than 18 months to the next elections, and I feel the time is ripe to indicate my interest.”
He said that the zoning committee instituted by the PDP was only saddled with zoning party positions and not other positions.
“Zoning of such positions was deferred but nothing stops anyone from southeast zone from contesting the presidency even if it is not zoned to it.
“The most important thing is that the party’s national convention is a sort of rebirth for a group of people who have recovered from a setback.
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“The party members are focused and determined.”
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In a statement issued in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, on Thursday, October 14, Ken Robison, spokesman of the forum, said its demand is for the sake of national harmony and peace.
According to the group, it does not speak well of a unified country if one part of Nigeria keeps on producing its leaders.
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In a related development, a group, The Progressives Consolidation Group (PCG), has insisted that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is the best-qualified person to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
The group made this known via its convener, Aliyu Kurfi, in a letter to the National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Yobe state governor, Mai Mala Buni.
The letter dated Friday, October 8, and seen by Legit.ng, was in response to the APC's recognition of the PCG as a support group within the party.