Former Senate President, Sen. Pius Anyim, Saturday, disclosed he will run for the 2023 presidential race in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, whether the party zoned to the South-East or not.
He made the disclosure in Abuja during an interview with journalists.
Anyim, said that the party’s national convention would signal the commencement of political activities in the party, even as he pointed out that it was the right time for him to indicate interest.
He hinted that the zoning committee constituted by the party, was only saddled with zoning party positions and not elective positions ahead of 2023.
The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation said that despite the party’s seeming infraction with its former Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus, he remained a friend to several members.
Anyim added: “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 than 18 months to the next elections and I feel the time was ripe to indicate my interest.”
“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 focused and determined to reclaim power with one spirit,” he added.
“Secondus is particularly my friend and many other members of the party, and we do not have any problem with him.”