Party supporters dance carries a banner with picture of Nigerian President and Presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party Goodluck Jonathan during a rally in Lagos on January 8, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Thurs ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has denied rumours he is planning to defect from People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
It has been reported he would cross the floor to take the position of Senate President.
Ekweremadu however this during a meeting of the PDP stakeholders in Enugu west senatorial district.
“I have also heard a lot of permutations on the possible mass defection of Ndigbo to the APC in the coming dispensation. While I will not hold brief for all the PDP stalwarts of South East origin, especially because our constitution provides for freedom of association, I can assure you that on PDP we stand,” he said.
“At least, count Senator Ike Ekweremadu out of any defection to the opposition. PDP leaders in the South East are committed to further repositioning and strengthening the party. We may not have the presidency, but we are strong in the states and remain the party to beat. On PDP we stand.”
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Meanwhile, he congratulated the people of the senatorial district for their support for PDP in the last Presidential and National Assembly elections.
“Let me warmly congratulate and thank you for your great showing during the March 28, 2015 Presidential and National Assembly elections. I deeply appreciate your massive vote for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. You turned out en masse to make a bold statement- that Enugu West, Enugu State, and indeed the South East are undeniable PDP strongholds.”
Ekweremadu also appreciate the other nine candidates who vied for the Senate seat with him.
“I am happy that our people freely exercised their franchise and that none of the candidates raised objections to my renewed mandate.”
He particularly appreciated his closest rival, Luisa Achieze of the APC, conceded defeat and congratulated him at the Awgu collation centre.
“To that extent, therefore, we can say that democracy and the people of Enugu West were the real winners.”