- Senator Ike Ekweremadu has described as fake and divisive, media reports that he has been inactive in the Atiku campaign
- The deputy Senate president said he will not be distracted by such cheap blackmail, smear campaign, and extreme propaganda
- Ekweremadu expressed optimism that southeast leaders will deliver the region overwhelmingly to the PDP in the coming election
Deputy Senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has debunked media reports suggesting that he has been inactive in the campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a statement posted on his Facebook page on Monday, January 14, Senator Ekweremadu described the media reports as fake and divisive.
He reassured PDP supporters that there is no division within their ranks, adding that the party is united and focused on wresting power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Part of the statement read: “My attention has been drawn to the orchestrated attempts by some characters to create the impression of a divided house in PDP, in the coming presidential election. Such characters dish out fake and divisive stories without source on a daily basis and attribute same to me.
“While I refuse to be distracted by such cheap blackmail, smear campaign, and extreme propaganda, it is important to reassure our supporters that the PDP is united and focused on wresting power from the APC."
He said he made it clear when the PDP lost the presidency and majority status at the National Assembly in 2015 that he would stand by the party, no matter what.
“It took other party stakeholders and I a lot of efforts, sacrifices, soul-searching, and painstaking negotiations to hold the party together and rebuild it. If I did not abandon the PDP at its darkest hour, it does not make the slightest sense to say that I abandoned it now that its sun is rising again,” Ekweremadu added.
The Enugu-born senator stated that he has held separate meetings with the party's vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and the chairman, South East Governors Forum, Dave Umahi, to work out strategies for the success of the party and its candidates in the coming elections.
“We are also setting up a meeting of southeast PDP stakeholders by weekend to continue to strategise on the coming elections. I have no doubt that the southeast leaders will deliver the region overwhelmingly to the PDP and I expect that other leaders will also do the same in their respective geopolitical zones.
“Therefore, I urge our supporters not to be distracted by such propaganda as we approach the critical stages in the coming elections. We should rather focus on delivering the votes to ensure the success of our party,” he added.
Meanwhile, Atiku has charged Nigerians, “not to allow President Muhammadu Buhari to steal their votes in the February 16, 2019 presidential election.”
The PDP presidential candidate made the statement at an interactive session with some youth groups, social media influencers and bloggers in Abuja on Sunday, January 13.
He also lamented that the Buhari administration has wrecked the nation and must be voted out for Nigeria to thrive again.
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