The presidential aspiration of a former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim yesterday received a boost from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the National Assembly.
The lawmakers, during an interactive session with Anyim pledged to support the Ebonyi-born politician.
Speaking at the event, which held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Senate Minority Leader Eyinnaya Abaribe highlighted Anyim’s leadership qualities. He said Anyim’s popularity and grassroots appeal are asset to PDP.
Abaribe said: “How can we tell you not to go ahead, being one of our own? On behalf of the joint caucus of the National Assembly, we say go on and take charge. We are with you.”
Also, the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, described Anyim as the light in the PDP that will illuminate the dark paths in the nation’s political terrain.
He said the party should take advantage of the disarray in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to rescue Nigerians from the pains of the past few years.
Elumelu advised Anyim and other PDP presidential aspirants to eschew speech, reminding them that after the primary, they would all return home to the same political family.
He said: “I want to thank our presidential hopeful for bringing the light and leading the way by being the first to come and consult with National Assembly minority caucus.
“You have set the pace and we understand what this means to the grassroots and for that, I give you kudos.
“APC as a party is disjointed and PDP has successfully shown that it can lead the way.
“It behoves on us to be more united. The fallout of the upcoming APC convention will form a new Nigeria where PDP will be leading the progressives to rescue Nigeria.
“And for that, I want to plead with our presidential hopefuls to talk to their supporters. We should not abuse ourselves; we should not insult ourselves.
“At the end of the day, it is the same house that we all belong to. Let all of you go out and canvass for support.
“Tell the people why you think you are competent enough to be the President of Nigeria and carry our flag. That is something that is very important.
“We don’t want to see people talking about age, talking about what is not encouraging. What is encouraging is for us to take over Nigeria because APC has corrupted Nigeria.
“And because they have done that, we can only show Nigerians that we are the best alternative to the APC.”
Anyim said he would always see the National Assembly as his primary constituency.
He promised to be guided by the input and advice of the PDP caucus in the National Assembly.
Anyim said: “Each time I look back at my political history, I vividly remember that my National Assembly experience is still my best.”