Presidential aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, has urged Nigerians to recall him, if he failed to perform after one year in office.
Anyim, also a former Senate President said this on Wednesday while making a presentation to the PDP’s National Working Committee (NWC) after submitting his nomination form to contest for president.
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According to him, his vision is to build a Nigeria everyone will be proud of as he has the experience to make it happen having served as a senate president and as Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
“The only request I am placing on the table today is that if you give me the ticket of PDP to fly the flag of this party for the general election of 2023, I will go ahead to win the election.
“I will return to government as president of Nigeria and if I run this country for one year, and you don’t see the difference between light and darkness, you can recall me.
“From the vantage positions I have held; I understand the challenges confronting our nation today and I have clarity of what the solutions could be,” Anyim said.
He said that his coming to the party was to present his pathway to rebuilding and refocusing the country on the part of growth, peace and prosperity.
He said, “I shall outline my understanding of the problems and my evidence-informed pathway to resolving them under three broad categorizations of political, economic and social integration.”
Anyim said that politically, his administration would consider consensus on the structure of Nigeria, governance system and National ideals or aspiration.
This, he said was because the absence of consensus on these areas accounted for the disunity and mutual suspicion that was threatening the nation presently.
Anyim said that machinery would be put in place to harvest the views and secure the buy-in of all components of the polity and build consensus on the structure of the federation.
Anyim promised to promote Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and review Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIPR) to make it fit for purpose and ensure it aligns with our growth ambition.
He added that talent and innovations would be the flagship of the knowledge-based component of the economic agenda by targeting to unleash the creativity of the young population.
He said that presently, the nation was under security and separationist challenges but his government would evolve national integration policies by running inclusive governance that reflected the Federal Character.
He said that women, youth and diaspora Nigerians would be adequately mainstreamed into the national development.
Anyim said that discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, and religion will be eliminated and citizens will play active roles in policy formulation while upholding the rule of law.
He said, “Democracy, being a system of rules and order, depends on strong institutions for its sustenance and success. When a system can no longer defend its rules, it will enthrone the reign of might as against the rule of law. My appeal is that PDP should defend Section 7 (3) (c) of its constitution.”
In his remarks, the PDP National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, said that as at Wednesday afternoon, 17 aspirants comprising 16 males and one female had obtained PDP nomination and expression of interest forms.
Ayu said that this showed the strength and popularity of the PDP as well as its acceptance among Nigerians ahead of the 2023 general elections.
He assured all the aspirants that the NWC would be transparent and neutral as an umpire, adding that the decision of who would emerge as flag bearer would be determined by ordinary members of the party.
Ayu also enjoined all aspirants to work together for PDP to emerge victorious in 2023.
He expressed confidence in the capacity of Ayim to lead Nigeria haven worked as a civil servant, senator, Senate President and later Secretary to the Government of the Federation, adding that the party was lucky to have him.
On her part, the Coordinator-General, United for Better Nigeria Initiative (UBNI), Mrs. Nkoli Mkparu, said that the group in collaboration with its partners bought the presidential form for Anyim because they believed in his ability to deliver.
She said, “Anyim is the greatest gift given to Nigeria, who Nigerians need at this crucial time because Nigeria is a special country that requires somebody with ability, consistency, stability, humility and the right temperament to manage the nation.
“Right now, the security aspect of Nigeria is very crucial, so we believe that somebody like his excellency will unify the country, provide jobs for youths who are believed to be causing the problems because of restlessness and joblessness.”