Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has broken the silence on his purported decamping from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The PDP leader from the South-east has been the subject of speculation for a while following his case with the EFCC over failure to declare several assets.
Rumours suggested that Ekweremadu was likely leaving the PDP for the APC in order to avoid being convicted by the EFCC.
Speculations were also rife that the lawmaker was leaving the party following some decisions taken by the PDP leadership which were not in his favour; including the choice of Peter Obi as Atiku’s running mate for the Presidency in 2019.
It was said that Peter Obi was picked without the consent of the south-eastern leaders of the party.
Ekweremadu however debunked the rumors and speculations via a Facebook post that he was still a full-fledged member of the PDP and he was not leaving the party anytime soon.
According to the lawmaker;
“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, be rest assured that I am still in the PDP”