Deputy speaker of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu has addressed purported rumours on his departure from the People’s Democratic Party PDP saying that no plans for defection exists as he still remains a member of the political party.
What is Ekweremadu’s stance on the rumoured defection?
The second helmsman of the Senate who noted that at he is presently out of the country on an engagemeny said he has got to know about the rumoir through series of calls from friends and political associates
“In the past 24 hours, I have been inundated with calls from friends and political associates seeking clarification on the rumours of my departure from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which has dominated the media.
Let it be known that my path in politics is in the hands of the Almighty God, who has indeed been very faithful and gracious to me. I’m very grateful to God for this.
My vision in politics is a system that works for everybody, a social and political environment where everybody, every section, and every tribe not only counts, but is also seen to count. As leaders, we must be mindful of this, for any system built on anything less will not endure.
I am grateful to you – members of my family, my friends, political associates, and admirers across Nigeria and beyond – for your uncommon concern. I am indeed humbled by your kind words of solidarity and support.
Please, rest assured that I am still in the PDP”
How did the rumours come about?
Earlier this week, defection reports had trailed Eweremadu noting that it appears that the 56-year-old lawyer and politician is dissatisfied with the treatment meted out to him by the PDP especially after the Port Harcourt primary election which produced Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate.
It was also gathered that some sources believe there is a general feeling that Ekweremadu has been sidelined by the PDP after Atiku’s emergence.