- * Urges Other South East Aspirants To Declare Their Presidential intentions
By Celestine Okafor (Editor-in-Chief)
An Igbo socio-cultural Organization known as IGBO UNITY FORUM has pledged solidarity with Nigeria's former Senate President, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, on his 2023 presidential bid, and equally enjoined other Igbos of the southeast extraction to come out and contest for the position of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria come 2023.
The group also commended Senator Anyim for his courage and will to contest for the job and for being the first Igbo notable politician from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to publicly declare his intention for the nation's top job.
The Igbo Unity Forum (IUF) led by Hon. (Chief) U.S.A Igwesi, a former member of the Federal House of Representatives, made the commendation and exhortation recently when the group visited Senator Anyim in Abuja. They expressed worries that South Easterners are delaying in publicly expressing their intentions to contest for the plum job unlike aspirants from other geo-political zones.
The IUF found this development very worrisome especially as the southeast zone has been agitating that it is their turn to produce the next President of Nigeria in 2023. The group insists that the presidential position cannot be served a La Carte but requires continued engagement, lobbying, and constant interfacing with other ethnic nationalities to achieve the expected results.
They called on the Igbos, home and abroad, with convincing credentials and capacity to come on board and stake a claim for the Presidency, stating that "power cannot be taken from the fridge but from the oven".
The IUF however described Senator Anyim Pius Anyim as a "cerebral politician with rich political antecedents and credentials, having paid his dues in the political engineering and administration of this country when he was the Senate President and Chairman of the 4th National Assembly as well as when he was Secretary to the Federal Government of Nigeria" The group also urged Anyim to give a thought to their request.
Earlier in his speech, Senator Anyim thanked the group made up of seasoned politicians, technocrats, and business moguls for their visit and solidarity during and after his interface with the EFCC, and particularly commended the leader of the delegation, Hon. U. S. A Igwesi for his initiative and leadership in coordinating the group.
Senator Anyim reiterated his determination to serve the country in any capacity, stating that he has since given a thought to the group's, assuring that he will soon roll out drums in that direction. He further stated that the visit was auspicious, especially now that the "country is in dire need of a tested character to steer her ship of governance and provide effective leadership in all sectors of our economy.
The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), insisted he will contest for the position of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria come 2023, not because of the Principle of Zoning (even though he believes in it) but primarily because he is a Nigerian and qualified to contest, using every known parameter.
Anyim observed that present-day Nigeria needed a "president with experience, capacity, and humane disposition to provide leadership and unite the country as one indivisible united entity. He expressed joy and hope in the quality of the members of the forum and urged them not to relent in their avowed determination to sensitize and enlighten the Igbos in this direction.
In his vote of thanks, another member for the delegation and a legal practitioner, Chief Ifeanyi Nwabueze, extolled the virtues of the Former Senate President and described him as a "child of destiny whose political antecedents have portrayed him as a tested and impeccable leader who can not only be trusted but remains a huge asset to the country.
Chief Nwabueze went memory land on Senator Pius Anyim's leadership qualities, insisting that Senator Anyim raised the legislative bar during the 4th National Assembly.
"We can also recall that Senator Anyim told the press at the sideline of the recently concluded National convention of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) that he will contest the position of the President of Nigeria because of his personal conviction and exhortations from different groups, individuals and well-wishers", Nwabueze said. NNL.