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A member of the National Assembly, Senator Chris Ekpenyong has urged the South- South geo-political zone to seek the position of a president in 2023 as the clamour and debate on the region to produce the next president in 2023 rages on.
He has also said he would join the 2023 presidential race if  the People’s Democratic Party, PDP would throw the presidential ticket open to all aspirants from every part of the country.
Ekpenyong who represents Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District at the National Assembly in an interaction with newsmen in Uyo yesterday also revealed that he would not recontest for the Senate seat in the forthcoming election.
He maintained that aspirants from other parts of the country also contested against former President Goodluck Jonathan when he recontested in 2011.
“I am fully in support of South- South presidency in 2023. I want to urge the geo-political zone must come out to contest for the highest position in 2023. We must be ready to present a candidate. I maybe one of those that will seek for the position.
“If my party the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), finally decides to throw it open, I declare my intention. I will not recontest  for the Senate in 2023, but I may be seeking for the highest office. We (South-South) have always been cheated in the past.
” You can remember when Goodluck Jonathan was to return to office in 2015,  but the north said no. There was a serious gang up against the South-South.
“This time things will be different, we must present a candidate, but that will depend on whether the party will zone the ticket or leave it open.” He said.
He, however, expressed the hope that the presidential ticket of the PDP would be zoned to the Southern Nigeria  in 2023, going by its rotational agreement enshrined in the party constitution.
Ekpenyong decried the trend in the country where outgoing governors impose their successors on the people and advised incumbent governors to make a difference by allowing the citizens to choose their governors in 2023 .
“This is democracy and the citizens must be  allowed to choose their Leaders by themselves. I want this incumbent governors to correct the mistakes of the past by not imposing their successors on the people.” Ekpenyong advised.

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