I will not defect to APC – Ekweremadu


The Office of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on Wednesday dismissed as false insinuations reports that the Enugu -West Senator could be on his way to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to save his job.

A statement issued by the Special Assistant (Political Matters) to the Deputy Senate President, Hon. Okey Ozoani, described the reports as “a fantasy of those peddling it.”

Ozoani assured the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faithful and Nigerians that “Ekweremadu is going nowhere.”

After the removal of Senator Ali Ndume as the Senate leader, there were speculations that Ekweremadu might be the next target to be sacked.

Ndume has specifically asked Ekweremadu to watch his back, warning that following the manner of his removal, Ekweremadu could be the next to be axed by the senators.

The statement said: “Senator Ekweremadu is not contemplating leaving PDP. He is more concerned about fixing the country’s biting economic and security conditions and other challenges than saving his job as the Deputy President of the Senate.

“It is his view that Nigeria has to first exist for us to have political parties to belong to or political offices to occupy.  Studies have shown a direct relationship between economic conditions and survival of democracy.

“The primary responsibility our constitution places on our government is to cater to the wellbeing of the citizens as well as security of their lives and property. When such are threatened, everyone should necessarily get serious and preoccupied with contributing his or her quota to salvaging the country.

“Besides, he is most grateful to his colleagues for the confidence they continue to repose in him and the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki. He is grateful for the solidarity that the senators have continued to accord them.”



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