Former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim has said that his ambition of becoming the next President of the country would not be limited because he is from the South-East geopolitical zone of the country.
The ex-secretary to the Government of the federation said on Channels Television programme “Politics Today” that “It’s my desire, effort and target to be acceptable to Nigeria.
“In my few years in politics, President (Olusegun) Obasanjo from South West became a President not because South-West supported him, they did not want him. They did not support him but Nigerians chose him.
“Again, in my little political life, President Buhari ran for Presidency three times, each of those three times, he will have a winning vote in major catchment areas in the North but he will not win until he teamed up with the South, he now ran and he won.
“So, for anybody from the South East, it’s not the South East that will make you the President. You are not going to be a President of the South East. You are going to be the President of Nigeria. And it is my desire, effort and target to be acceptable to Nigeria.
“If I am acceptable to Nigerians and Nigerians voted me in as their President it doesn’t matter where I come from. And if you look at my record, I have a pedigree. You can look at my record, you will agree with me that I have been nationalistic. And I don’t think am limited because of where I am from, I think it is a disservice to this nation.
“I won’t give in to it. I will aspire to a true Nigerian. I will aspire as somebody who has become whatever I have become in my life because I am a Nigerian.
“I will aspire to intervene in the affairs of my country at a time I think my services are needed as I have intervened before even outside the office. The Senate was turbulent, I became the President of the Senate and I stabilized it. And for every reason under the sun, I am not limited from where I am coming from.
“I am a full-fledged Nigerian with experiences across the board and I want to be accepted as the President of Nigeria across the board,” Ayim said during the TV interview.
On the state of the country, Anyim described the problems facing the country as hydra-headed even as he pointed out that the major challenge the country needed to deal with was the issue bordering on lack of leadership.
“I want to be President because I am a Nigerian first and foremost. Two, because Nigeria has given me so much that I think I should offer the experiences I have gained from serving Nigeria.
“My knowledge of the country by the vantage positions I had held in this country and by the fact that I think I understand the challenges and I have clarity of what the solutions should be. Am putting my credentials on the table and that is why I think I should run.
“I think the problems have become hydra-headed, so you cannot even single them out. Because the problem had huge political dimensions, the problem have huge economic dimensions, the problem have huge social dimensions.
“I know that if you ask some people they will say security, lack of infrastructure and whatever. But if you ask me, I will say the greatest challenge is lack of leadership,” the ex-SGF said.
He said if he was accepted to be Nigerian president, he “will refocus the Nigerian economy to fit into the new world economic direction. In other words, I will take into consideration the fourth industrial revolution and now articulate an economic agenda that will stand on industrialization, talent and innovation, science and technology. I also know that we have the vast huge agricultural resources and I will try to mechanize it.”