Former Senate President of Nigerian and Presidential aspirant for the 2023 election, Pius Ayim, has stated that democracy, depends on strong institutions for its sustenance and success – Ayim Pius Ayim
Ayim, who paid a consultative visit to the National Working Committee (NWC), appealed to the leadership of the party and the National Executive Committee (NEC) on why zoning shouldn’t be jettisoned.
Ayim said: “If I appear before you today without touching on the raging issues of zoning in our party, my presentation will not be complete.
“As a true party man, I will abide by the decision of the party. However, I would want to put the following on record: Democracy thrives on three ‘certainties’: Certainty of tenure, Certainty of structure, Certainty of process.
“At anytime any of these ‘certainties’ is no longer guaranteed, democracy will corrupt justice and enthrone inequity. Accordingly, my appeal is that zoning is a fundamental principle of our party and should not be jettisoned.
“Democracy, being a system of rules and order, depends on strong institutions for its sustenance and success. When a system can no longer defend its rules, it will enthrone the reign of might as against the rule of law.
My appeal is that PDP should defend Sec. 7 (3) (c) of its constitution.
“I seek your prayers and partnership on this collective journey. I trust that I can count on your support and goodwill at all times. Together, we shall make Nigeria great again.”
“Let me say that my presentation is not a manifesto as I shall implement the party manifesto, but my personal pathway is to give meaning to our party manifesto.
“I shall outline my understanding of the problems and my evidence-informed pathway to resolving them under three broad categorizations, Political, Economic, and Social integration.
“That never before in our history has our nation been as divided as it is today, along the lines of ethnicity and religion.”
Speaking on the insecurity issues in Nigeria, Ayim noted that the root cause of agitation is bad governance, adding, “at the root of all the agitations are bad governance, discrimination, nepotism, mediocrity, and denial of the dividends of democracy.
“That non state actors have unhindered access to superior arms to confront, and in some cases, overpower state actors.
“That the capacity of the state to protect lives and property has been severely weakened.
“That poverty, hunger and deprivation have sapped the self-confidence of our citizens, weakened their faith in the country and eroded their sense of patriotism.”
The national chairman of the party, Senator Iyorcha Ayu while responding to the former senator, said that NWC has no preferred candidate among the aspirants.