2023: I will run for Presidency, says Anyim Pius Anyim

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Anyim Pius Anyim, a former Senate President, has stated that he will run for President in 2023, regardless of whether the Peoples Democratic Party assigns it to the South-East zone or not.

Anyim made the announcement in a chat with journalists in Abuja on Saturday.

The former Secretary to the Federal Government of Nigeria said the PDP’s national convention will mark the start of the party’s political activity, adding that there was still time to express interest.

“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.

I felt that it was too early for such declarations to enable the present administration concentrate on governance.

Such calls resurfaced in the early part of 2021 and I choose to be quiet over the issue.

We presently have less that 18 months to the next elections and I feel the time was ripe to indicate my interest.”

He pointed out that the party’s zoning committee was only charged with zoning party posts, not electoral seats, in the run-up to 2023.

“Zoning of such positions was deferred but nothing stops any one from the South-East zone from contesting the presidency even if it was 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.

“The party members are presently focused and determined to reclaim power with one spirit,” he added.

Anyim said that despite the party’s seeming faceoff with its former National Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus, he remained a friend to several members.

“Secondus is particularly my friend and many other members of the party, and we do not have any problem with him.”


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