Dr. Nwachukwu Anakwenze, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, has withdrawn from the current Presidential Primaries and endorsed Governor Nyesom Wike.
Anakwenze stated that his decision was based on the party’s inability to uphold the zoning principle as stipulated in the PDP Constitution.
“I have talked extensively with my people, elders, and supporters across the country and in the diaspora before making this difficult choice to withdraw from the race. I believed that if the rules were changed in the middle of the game, no respectable competitor would be able to participate fairly.
“This violation of the zoning principle prevented me from working with the Igbo Aspirants of the South East Zone to develop a consensus that would give my people a revitalised feeling of belonging and lead to the emergence of the party’s flag bearer.
“As outlined in my campaign manifesto, I wanted to deliver great leadership to the country, promote unification, and revive the hope of young people and women.
“My choice to run for president with the backing of Nigerians in the diaspora was to provide the nation with the kind of outstanding leadership that has eluded us for decades, but my hopes have been dashed.
“Many events over the past few weeks have demonstrated that certain individuals do not have a chance to compete favourably; therefore, it is on this premise that I, painfully withdraw from the contest today, May 28th, 2022, in full support of a Southern candidate, who represents the wishes of Igbo Elders, the Diasporas, and the voice of the people.”
As the Igbos have always done, he stated that the People of Southeast want the presidency to be assigned to their region and to have the complete support of other regions. I am so compelled to withdraw from the race in full support of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.”