By Steve Oko
The 2023 presidential ambition of Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, gained momentum yesterday, as former Senate President and Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Board of Trustees, BoT, Dr. Adolphus Wabara, has thrown his support behind the project.
Similarly, the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has also canvassed support for the former Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF, saying he is eminently qualified and intellectually endowed to fix Nigeria.
The duo who spoke at a grand civic reception for Senator Abaribe at Obingwa in Abia State where Anyim was a special guest, called on Ndigbo and Nigerians of all race and political divide to throw their lot with the former Senate President.
This is as the PDP candidate in the just-concluded governoship election in Anambra State, Val Ozigbo, has called for the inclusion of electronic voting in the Electoral Act.
Ozigbo who spoke with Vanguard during the reception, expressed disappointment over President Muhamnadu Buhari’s refusal to assent to the New Electoral Act.
He said that the hidden reason for the President’s action was the electronic transmission of election results included in the document and not the direct primaries as being cited by the Presidency.
Ozigbo who said electronic transmission of election results would drastically reduce falsification of election results, strongly advocated inclusion of electronic voting as a panacea to electoral fraud.
He argued that “if money could be electronically wired in Nigeria, why can’t we go beyond manual voting and adopt electronic voting as other democracies in the world?.
” The deployment of 34,000 police personnel to Anambra because of governoship election would not have been necessary if we adopt electronic voting”, he said.
Senator Wabara said Anyim had garnered the capacity, the requisite knowledge and national appeal to deliver as President.
According to Wabara, Anyim’s political antecedents and the prevailing peace and tremendous achievements that characterised his tenures both as the Senate President and SGF “leave no one in doubt that Nigeria needs a true and competent patriot like him to move forward”.
Senator Wabara urged Nigerians to give Anyim a chance to return Nigeria to the path of greatness.
Similarly, Senator Abaribe who extolled Anyim’s leadership qualities, his candor, political maturity and wealth of experience, described him as one of Igbo’s first eleven that has all it takes to rescue and calibrate Nigeria.
He solicited the support of all progressive Nigerians irrespective of their political leanings for Senator Anyim who he said is divinely endowed and strategically prepared to give Nigeria a new hope.
The event almost turned into a political carnival for Anyim and Abaribe as various speakers rooted for them to the admiration of the mammoth crowd.
Senator Anyim had during a remark commended the Ngwa nation for honouring Abaribe with the chieftaincy title of “Maduforo Nde Ngwa”, describing him as an irrepressible voice at the senate.
He said that Abaribe could be trusted with any higher responsibility while appluading him for standing firm for justice and equity.
Senator Anyim has since declared interest in the 2023 presidential race, saying he could be trusted for the political and multi-sectoral salvation of Nigeria.
Vanguard News Nigeria