- The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has revealed why he remained in the PDP
- There have been rumours that Ekweremadu was on his way out of the party after he was sidelined by leaders of the PDP
- The senator said his decision to remain in PDP despite political persecutions, was to ensure Nigeria enjoys a balanced democracy
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has revealed why he remained in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) despite being sidelined by the party leadership for the vice presidential ticket in preparation for the 2019 elections.
There were rumours that the Enugu-born senator might be on his way out of the party, after he was overlooked by the PDP leaders, despite being the highest ranking southeast official of the party in the country.
Ekweremadu, however says his decision to remain in PDP during its trying times and despite political persecutions, was to ensure Nigeria continued to enjoy a balanced democracy devoid of one-party system.
According to him, his decision to stay back to revive the party after the 2015 general elections had paid off.
The lawmaker spoke while fielding questions during an interactive radio programme on Urban 94.5 FM Radio, Enugu, last weekend.
His words: “The beauty of democracy is stiff competition and vibrant opposition. If you recall my statement in April 2015 after we lost the presidential election, I made it clear that on the PDP we stand. I didn’t nurse any illusion that it would be a smooth ride, but I was determined to pay the price.
“For me, we have paid a lot of price in PDP. I have committed so much of my time to making sure that PDP is what it is today. I am proud to see the product of those efforts manifest. Today, the PDP is a party to contend with.
“You couldn’t say the same thing about the party in 2016. Then, the party was in shambles. We were able to put things together. Together with our friends, colleagues, our governors and some other people, who stayed behind, we were able to rebuild the PDP.”
On the chances of the major political parties, Ekweremadu said: “Let me tell you the exact thing about what is happening presently. Ahead of the presidential election, no one can surely say that this party would win or this candidate would win. But in 2015 or 2016, nobody gave PDP a chance and today PDP has bounced back to life.
“So, when you watch the rallies, you say oh, this is a huge crowd for APC in Adamawa or that was a huge PDP crowd in Katsina, the home of the president. That is an interesting thing and that is exactly what we worked for and we are able to see Nigerians participating. So, I am happy when I see this close contest and by the grace of God, PDP will win.”
Ekweremadu recently said that the sense of belonging given to the southeast and infrastructural developments in the region under the PDP were enough reasons the geopolitical zone would return the party to power in the forthcoming general elections.
He stated this while addressing the mammoth gathering at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, during the flag-off of the Enugu state presidential campaign.
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