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  • * Zoning Presidency Out Of South East, A Burden On Nation's Conscience, Says Anyim

By Celestine Okafor (Editor-in-Chief)

The auditorium of the Best Western Hotel, on Nza street, Independent Layout, Enugu, filled to capacity on Thursday morning, January 6, 2022, as the elders, leaders, and stakeholders of the South East Zonal Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), met and unanimously endorsed the 2023 Presidential aspiration of former Senate President, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) had initiated a consultative conclave of select zonal leaders, elders, and state executive leadership and stakeholders of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the South East to acquaint them with the progress and outcomes of his wide-ranging consultations with the leaders of the various sections of the federation, on both his aspiration and the general state of the nation.

Pius Anyim with south east leaders2Senator Pius Anyim (R), Senator Gilbert Nnaji (M), Prof Elochukwu Amuchiazi (L) and Other South-East PDP Leaders At The Meeting In Enugu.

The party leaders, in a resolution issued at the end of their 4-hour deliberation and jointly signed by the chairman of the session and former governor of Abia State, Senator Theodore Orji (Ochendo Global) and Chief Eze Duruiheoma (SAN), the session moderator, said their endorsement of Senator Anyim was based on their conviction and enthusiasm that he is a worthy leader who will pilot the affairs of the nation towards greater security, unity, and prosperity for all citizens.

The PDP leaders and stakeholders from the five South East Zone states of Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, and Imo, also explained that they note Anyim's patriotic decision to make himself available for national service by aspiring to contest in the 2023 Presidential race.

Of particular interest to them upon which they based their decision to affirm his presidential aspiration, is their "cognizance of his precious record of distinguished and unblemished service as President of the Senate and Secretary to the Government of the Federation. In these positions, he distinguished himself as a detribalized statesman, consensus builder and true nationalist.

"In assuring Senator Anyim of our support for his aspiration, we wish to also extend the same hand of support and solidarity to all qualified and deserving sons and daughters of our zone with similar aspirations and who reach out to us as Senator Anyim has done.

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"In furtherance of the foregoing, we hereby oblige Senator Anyim his request that we all join him to persuade and reassure every part of the country to do justice to the South East and thereby promote equity and justice as core values of our nation".

According to the leaders in their resolution, the choice of who becomes the President of Nigeria in 2023 has become a strategic imperative for the future of Nigeria. "In this regard, the vision, capacity, experience and disposition of the next president will make the difference about the socio-political stability and economic development of the country".

They however appealed to the leadership of their party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to, in the interest of equity, justice and harmonious national cohesion, zone their presidential ticket to the Southern Zones of the country and to the South East in particular.

Pius Anyim T.A OrjiPDP Elder and Former Governor Of Abia State, Senator T.A Orji Endorsing Anyim At The Event.

This, they argued, was because "the people of the South East geo political zone have earned the right to occupy the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023 on account of their eminent qualifications and overwhelming contributions to the development of all parts of the federation through the years.

"We further reiterate that the choice of a South East citizen as presidential candidate of the party in 2023 will guarantee to every Nigerian a sense of equity, justice and inclusion in the management of the affairs of the nation. In our view, this is the best way of ensuring that we build a nation that leaves no one or group behind", the resolution stated.

The PDP South East leaders however said that in obliging Senator Anyim his request that they join him to persuade and reassure every part of the country to do justice to the South East and in other to promote equity and justice as core values of our nation, they are appealing to all Igbos of the South East zone to "remain steadfast in the hope that we can all join hands in solidarity with all other parts of the federation to build a prosperous nation founded on democracy, equity and inclusion to the benefit of this great nation".

While assuring Senator Anyim of their unalloyed support for his presidential quest, they equally welcomed other potential aspirants of the PDP in the South East Zone and assured them of their support and solidarity whenever they reach out to them like Senator Anyim.

They thanked the two PDP governors in the South East, Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Dr Victor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State for what they described as their "outstanding leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South East Zone and their clear articulation of the interests of the zone at all platforms and organs of the party'.

An elated Senator Anyim, in his speech, said he is approaching his political quest with a sense of humility, as a Nigerian with patriotic fervour, considerable knowledge of Nigeria – its diversities and current challenges; and so properly equipped with clarity of the needed solutions.

“Let me elaborate; as a young officer, at the then Directorate of Social Mobilization, I understood the need for value orientation as a tool for instilling patriotism. I was also schooled to appreciate the value of social justice, equity and fairness as building blocks for social harmony and inclusion.

“As a young politician I imbibed the founding vision of the PDP as a grassroot movement that would provide leadership that will respect the rule of law, ensure that power belongs to the people and deliver national cohesion and inclusiveness through good governance.

“I have been privileged to understand our national problems and appreciate their enormity and peculiarities in the last 21 years from my vantage positions in both the legislative and the executive arms of government.

Pius Anyim with south east leaders3PDP Chairman Anambra State Chapter, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu (Obuka Awka) (M) and Some PDP Stakeholders.

“Therefore, I have a clear view of the task ahead as well as the solutions needed to advance the cause of our country. My records as President of the Senate and as Secretary to the Government of the Federation clearly show that I am more interested in building strong institutions than seeking enhancement of personal power or position.

“My records show effective and efficient management of the nation’s diversity on the basis of equity, justice, fairness and inclusiveness. I am a committed believer in the rule of law; and will always promote and protect the sanctity of lives as well as the rights and liberties of all citizens.

“My decision is a product of some years of prayers, reflections and introspection on not just my capacity and preparedness to take on the task ahead, but also deep thoughts on our national challenges and the solutions they demand.”

Senator Anyim was however of the view that the deliberate zoning of the 2023 presidency to the South East would definitely satisfy the just demand of equity and fairness. He re-affirmed his earlier position that he will contest for the presidency whether it is zoned to the South or not.

“If it is not zoned to the South East, it will remain a burden on the conscience of the nation. Let me therefore at this point join all well-meaning Nigerians to appeal to all the political parties to take the fair, just and equitable decision to zone their presidential slots to the South particularly the South East.”

Eminent PDP leaders and stakeholders who graced the event are: Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe; former governor of Abia state, Senator T. A Orji; Dr. Ali Odefa, PDP National Vice Chairman (South East); Iyom Josephine Anenih; Senator Obinna Ogba; Mr Frank Nweke Jnr; Prof. Elochukwu Amucheazi; Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu, a former PDP National Vice Chairman for the South East; Senator Emma Nwaka, Senator Chuka Utazi; Senator Gilbert Nnaji and Chief Ndubuisi Nwosu, PDP Chairman Anambra State chapter, among many others. NNL.

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