- Ekweremadu has been tasked by the people of Enugu West to raise the bar on his performance in the 9th Senate, which will soon be inaugurated
- The deputy Senate president had said that he would retire from the Senate in 2023
- According to his constituents, they have the final say in his political decisions, now and in the future
The people of Enugu West senatorial zone have said that they have the final say if their representative and deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, would return to the Senate in 2023 or not.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Enugu, Chinedu Ikpechukwu, reports that in a statement issued on Thursday, May 16, by the concerned citizens of Enugu west senatorial district, Ekweremadu was described as a man of history whose destiny is intertwined with the yearning and aspirations of his people.
"In truth, His Excellency, Senator Ike Ekweremadu is a man of history whose destiny is intertwined with the yearning and aspirations of his people. In real term, we, his people have the final say on where he goes to on our behalf in 2023'', the statement read.
The statement was signed by Hon Alex Ogbonna, Rt. S.K.E Udeh Okoye, Hon. Chigozie Akalusi, Rt. Hon Donatus Uzogbado, Hon. Ralp Onovo, Hon Mike Chukwu and Hon. Princess Chioma Chiaha.
They pointed that Ekweremadu has a right to his opinions, "but we, his people, have the final word, as always, in his political decisions, now and in the future.
"Sen. Prof. Ike Ekweremadu, Ph.D, CFR, deputy Senate president during his 57th birthday celebration recently in Enugu state to the effect that he will not be seeking re-election into the Senate come 2023.
"While our respect and admiration for the distinguished senator remains unshaken, we are minded to state that Senator Ike Ekweremadu is a product of our collective mandate and to that extent answerable to his constituents in all matters relating to his services to our people; including his decisions concerning his political future in 2023.
"As a people, we reserve the right to determine where Sen. Ike Ekweremadu’s services are most suitable for the overall interest of our people. At the appropriate time, we will decide if we are best served by his continued stay in the Senate or otherwise.
"His becoming the chief of staff to former Governor Chimaroke Nnamani and later the Secretary to the Enugu State Government was also a fortuitous interplay of forces involving the former governor and other major stakeholders in Enugu State at that time who wanted him to serve in such capacities."
The said they were satisfied with his stewardship since he emerged on their political horizon as a leader, adding that he has represented them effectively and attracted numerous democracy dividends to our people.
"We, therefore, charge him to raise the bar on his performance in the 9th Senate, which will soon be inaugurated and keep the flag of his illustrious performance aloft. Presently, let us concentrate on the task ahead essentially because we know that emerging events will define our preferences in 2023," the statement said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that having spent 16 years so far in the National Assembly, the deputy president of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, said on Sunday, May 12, he would retire from the upper chamber in 2023.
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Ekweremadu, the senator representing Enugu west and who clocked 57, said in 2023, he would no longer seek for re-election to the Senate.
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