Former Senate Speaker, Mr. Pius Anyim, called on the leaders of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to join him in putting the country back on the path of peace and progress.
Anyim who is trying to win the PDP presidential ticket for the 2023 elections also advised PDP stakeholders to avoid the mistakes made in 2015 that brought the All Progressives Congress, APC to power.
He was speaking in Abuja at a consultative meeting with PDP leaders in the six geopolitical zones, following his campaign ahead of the party’s presidential primaries in May.
“In 2015 some of us in the PDP just decided to withdraw from the PDP and bring down this government and we were thrown into darkness. That’s why we are here,” he said.
The former secretary to the Federation government said, “Let no one confuse you. Let no one mislead you. We were confused and misled in 2015. And that’s why we’re here. We now have the opportunity to come together and reinvent ourselves.
“Do you agree with me that Nigerians are saying please send us back to 2015? If Nigerians are begging us to bring them back in 2015, do you have any reason not to support me? He asked.
Speaking further, he said: “We anticipated that for President Jonathan’s second term we would expand these plans and policies to really achieve maximum results, unfortunately this administration has been truncated.
“If you stay by my side, if you join me, we will put this country back on the path to peace, growth and prosperity.”
While advancing his proposal on how to make Nigeria competitive again, Anyim said, “I mean in coming back to Nigeria, on the growth side, we have to hone in on a new foundation or at least the return to where we stopped in 2015. .
“I want to say that the crises of our nation today, the challenge of our time today call for a unifier. This requires a crisis manager. It calls for a stabilizer and that’s all I’m known for.
“I will build consensus at all levels. I will make sure to get buy-in from every component of our policy before rolling out a policy that will help us move forward.
On insecurity, he said, “I will tackle insecurity at the root and the moment I raise it from its roots, I will smother it at gunpoint. I mean when people start carrying guns.
“Without this underground preparation, it will be difficult to simply bear arms and achieve results,” he noted.