Anyim Pius Anyim, a former Senate president, has declared his ambition to contest the 2023 presidential election.
Anyim, who is also a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, made his declaration publicly on Saturday.
The former senator said he will contest for the position whether his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will zone the presidential ticket to the South-East region or not.
He said: “Posters of my presidential bid and agitations by groups for me to contest flooded the social media in 2020 and I disassociated myself from such calls.
“I felt that it was too early for such a declaration, to enable the present administration to concentrate on governance. Such calls resurfaced in the early part of 2021 and I chose to be quiet over the issue.
“We currently have less than 18 months to the next elections, and I feel the time is ripe to indicate my interest.”
Anyim said that the zoning committee instituted by the PDP was only saddled with zoning party positions and not public elective positions.
He said: “Zoning of such positions was deferred but nothing stops anyone from southeast zone from contesting the presidency even if it is not zoned to it.
“The most important thing is that the party’s national convention is a sort of rebirth for a group of people who have recovered from a setback.
“The party members are focused and determined.”