Contrary to speculations that he would contest the Enugu State gubernatorial election next year, deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu yesterday indicated that he would like to return to the Senate in 2019.
In a statement signed by his media assistant, Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu said he had accepted to run again for the Enugu West Senatorial District in the 2019 general elections since his constituents had purchased the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nomination form for him.
According to his media aide, Ekweremadu spoke when the people of Enugu West gathered at his residence yesterday to present him with the PDP nomination form they purchased for him, telling him to return to the Senate in 2019 to continue with his quality representation.
He said, “The beauty of democracy is the enlargement of the political space in which everybody is free to participate, bring and exchange ideas, and disagree in order to agree, but we are not seeing that today.
“I will tell you something that is going to shock you: in 2014 when APC started, they wanted to register members in Enugu State. Senator Chris Ngige called me and said they were having problem registering members in Enugu State, and asked if I could help them. I was the Deputy President of the Senate in the PDP, but I gave them N5 million. Ngige is still my witness.
“During that 2015 election, one lady came to me and said she wanted to run against me on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and she needed my support. I said okay, I will start by paying for your nomination form because I believe every party must be given a chance. She lost the election, but I later helped to secure a political position for her.
“Just yesterday, I also got a call from a man who introduced himself as an engineer from Achi but lives in Jigawa. He later came with his family to tell me that he wanted to run for the Senate in Enugu West. I congratulated him and offered to help purchase his nomination form. But he told me he had already bought his form. He was surprised when I offered to buy the form for him. As far as I am concerned, all power belongs to God.”
However, Ekweremadu advised against the muzzling of the opposition by the ruling party, insisting that multiparty system and opposition remained the beauty of democracy.
He noted that the APC would not have emerged victorious in the 2015 election had PDP and former President Goodluck Jonathan been repressive.