Ostensibly wooing him to his party, Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North, APC), yesterday counseled the deputy senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu west, PDP) to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to pave way for him to contest and probably win the presidency in 2023.
While congratulating Ekweremadu who clocked 56 on Sunday, Lawan advised him to dump the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling party where he can exhibit his potentiality and achieve his aspiration.
The senate leader said “2023 is there to be taken” by Ekweremadu if he’s ready to join the APC “because there is an opportunity for you to get the ticket to contest for the presidential election in 2023”.
While reminding the senate president, Bukola Saraki about his deputy’s birthday with a reply that he had already congratulated him, Senator Lawan said the birthday of Ekweremadu “should be more than ordinary mentioning” considering his position and number of years in the National Assembly.
“He is the longest serving presiding officer in the National Assembly. I am not PDP and I will never be; but I know Senator Ike Ekweremadu has been a very loyal and committed Deputy Senate President.
“I will not miss the opportunity to urge Senator Ike Ekweremadu to see through the mist, this unholy environment and take the right decisions. You are an asset, don’t stay and rot away or waste away.
“I join the numerous leaders and elders of the South-East who have understood that Nigeria needs the commitment of people like you. Nigeria needs the unity of everybody to make it better for the masses of this country.
“We need stability and I want to say clearly and assert that you are going to fit in perfectly well. 2023 is there to be taken”, Senator Lawan stressed.
The leader’s advice for Ekweremadu, who represents Enugu West Senatorial District to dump PDP and join APC, drew laughter among some of the senators from both political parties including the deputy senate president, who shook his head intermittently while he’s being praised.
The deputy senate president clocked 56 years last Sunday and celebrated the day with the sick and less privileged in Enugu.
Ekweremadu visited the Cardiothoracic Centre, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Ituku-Ozalla; National Orthopedic Hospital; Mother of Christ Motherless Babies Home; and Our Mother of Perpetual Help Old People’s Home, Enugu.
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