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Enugu APC picks aide to Buhari as Ekweremadu’s replacement in Senate

Enugu APC picks aide to Buhari as Ekweremadu’s replacement in Senate

- A faction of the APC in Enugu state led by Deacon Ogbodo has issued a red card to current deputy senate president Ekweremadu

- The party executives have nominated Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Adviser on Justice Sector Reform as replacement

- Barrister Ibekaku-Nwagwu says she will take some time to make up her mind on the nomination and get back to the party executives

The Enugu state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has vowed to end Deputy Senate President Professor Ike Ekweremadu’s 16-year stay in the National Assembly and show him the door in 2019 elections.

Vanguard reports that the party which is opposition in the state has already picked an alternative to Ekweremadu. She is Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Adviser on Justice Sector Reform.

The party claimed that Ekweremadu had overstayed his welcome in the upper chambers and Ibekaku-Nwagwu will take over in 2019.

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The report says the party made the vow when the state, zonal and local government executives of the party in Enugu state visited Ibekaku-Nwagwu in her country home at Egede/Umuoka Ward in Udi local government area.

APC factional chairman in the state, Deacon Okey Ogbodo, said: “APC in Enugu state frowns at the selfish posture of the current occupant of the seat who has overstayed his welcome as the Senator representing Enugu West at the senate in the past 16 years.

“We have quality candidates who can offer better representation for the zone and we therefore urge Barrister Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu to consider presenting herself among others during the forthcoming party primaries.”

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Ibekaku-Nwagwu, a lawyer, praised President Buhari for her success in the discharge of her duties by creating conducive working environment.

She however promised to make consultations and decide whether to run or not then reveal her decision at the appropriate time. reported earlier Minister of Labour and Employment Senator Chris Ngige has revealed that he is under immense pressure from the South East geo political zone to run for the senate in 2019 and he is giving it a serious consideration.

Ngige made the announcement while addressing newsmen at Obosi in Idemili North local government area of Anambra state.

The minister said due to the pressure, he has begun consultations on the issue and he would make the results known in the next two weeks.

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