Senator Anyim Pius Has Declared His Intention To Run For President
Sen. Pius Anyim, a former Senate President, announced on Saturday that he will run for President in 2023.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
Sen. Pius Anyim, the former Senate President, announced on Saturday that he will run for President in 2023, regardless of whether the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, zones its presidential slot to the South-East zone or not.
Anyim made the announcement in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Saturday.
The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation noted that the party’s national convention would signal the start of political activities in the party, and that the time was ripe for him to declare his interest in running for a high-ranking position.
Anyim says, “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 positions, not elective positions, 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 set back.
“The party members are presently focussed and determined to reclaim power with one spirit,” he added.
Despite the apparent infraction with the party’s former Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus, Anyim said 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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