A People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant and former Senate President, Senator Pius Anyim, has ruled out the possibility of stepping down for any aspirant ahead of the party’s presidential primary.
Anyim, who spoke on a radio programme tagged Political Roundtable, monitored on Mainland 98.3fm, on Sunday, equally expressed concern at the worsening rate of insecurity in the country.
In the interview, the aspirant also promised to revive the economy if elected President next year.
“Zoning is a constitutional matter in PDP. The worry I have is that some people may get away with it in the interim but in the long run, it will weaken that organisation and the organisation will not have power to protect its members; the fact that it’s a constitutional matter in the PDP.
“As at today, the committee report is yet to be considered by NEC, but they are holding this week, they are the only authority to take decision on zoning.
“Whichever way it goes, I am in the race.
“We have zoned the party office under this current dispensation, what we did was to zone north south, each region now went back and micro zone, micro-zoning within region.
“If rotation is based on equity and fairness the north should allow it go to south why under zone within the south should allow it go to south east.
South east have the prerequisite experience required.
“There is no zone in this country today that you cannot find competent, capable and very ready that can make this country great.
“We have very capable, experience, willing and ever ready that can make this country great. By the time we reduce our democracy to naira and kobo, then we are all guilty of setting our country back.
“We can work together so that nobody will say because we are too many fighting each other that is why it won’t come to us, we will work together to make sure we bring this to south east, who will represent is another issue we have not talk about.
“If you look at what has happened in the north, the aspirants came together and said they need consensus, in the South East, among the aspirants, we are not talking about consensus yet, we may get to that level but it is not discussed yet, what is discussing is to make sure that the president slot come to south east.
“Consensus is in electoral act, no evil in it.
The advantage I have over other aspirant from south east, I have national exposure.”
While evaluating the APC-led government in the last seven years, he said: “Today insecurity has heightend to alarming proportion, banditry, kidnapping arm robbery among others. Economic has collapse, and joblessness have overtaking, we have never as divided as this as a country.
“Everybody in this country is crying that they should return us to where we are in 2015.
“For us in PDP our mission in 2023 is to rescue this country from total collapse.”
On how to secure the nation, he said: “Two years ago I wrote an open letter to president that approaching insecurity from military angle is not enough, because with the downtown in the economy, the economy has shrank so small that our industries have collapsed, unemployment increased, our naira depreciated. You don’t expect people to sit back and die of hunger; they will want to grab any opportunity,” Anyim analysed.
He added, however, that, “in resolving insecurity, there must be economic dimension, social dimension, and political dimension. When you rule a country in such a way that some sections are not important, they are not part of the government, generally, there will be reaction. Military aspect is also important.
“In the next 15 years, oil economy will no longer be sustainable, if the industries have collapsed because of lack of direct foreign investment, naira will depreciate and unemployment will increase. I am against the level of borrowing this administration has done.”