Senator Ekweremadu: Not deterred
Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has said that no amount of lies, forgeries and persecutions would deter him from his quest to succeed incumbent Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, in 2023.
Senator Ekweremadu in a statement signed by the Director-General of his campaign organization, Ikeoha Campaign Organisation, Hon. Ogbonna Asogwa, accused some elements in the state of desperately trying to stop him from contesting the 2023 Enugu State governorship election.
Summit News recalls that Senator Ekweremadu who represents Enugu West Senatorial Zone in the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly on the banner of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), had on March 11, declared his intention to contest next year’s gubernatorial election in the state.
He said there was no zoning arrangement among the three senatorial zones in the statement, a position which elicited a flurry of condemnations from some PDP officials in the state, especially those from Enugu East Senatorial Zone who are laying claim to the office of the governor in 2023.
The statement made available to Summit News reads: “The Ikeoha Campaign Organisation, has noted with dismay, but with utmost trust in God, the desperation of some elements to stop His Excellency, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, PhD, CFR, from contesting the 2023 Enugu State governorship election.
“We note in particular, the communiqué-for-money bribery scandal rocking the state on a non-existent zoning, all in an effort to stop Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
“The forgery and manipulation of minutes of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, State Caucus meeting, which took the makers over two years to produce since they boasted about.
“For avoidance of doubt, it is not the business of the caucus under the PDP Constitution to zone elective offices.
“The intimidation of Ekweremadu’s supporters by agents of state, including the present detention in prison of the Paulinus Ugwu, the PDP Ward Chairman for Okpatu; the detention and subsequent charge to court for baseless offences of Joshua Ogbonna, Francis Akpa, and Obi Mamah, using the late Deputy Inspector General of Police, Joseph Egbunike (may his soul rest in peace).
“The ostracization of Barrister Emeka Asogwa, Engr. Armstrong Agbo, and Chief Charles Mbah for the simple reasons of their association with and commitment to Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
:The over N300 million squandered on series of rallies to drum up support for zoning, all in an attempt to stop Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
“The press statements, press conferences, and publications sponsored by agents of state against the Distinguished Senator.
“All the nocturnal meetings and fetish practices being organised against Ike Ekweremadu.
“All the huge state and local government funds being wasted on stopping Ekweremadu, while basic utilities and services suffer utter neglect.
“The appointment of known deadly thugs and cultists into state and local government offices all aimed at intimidating and stopping Ekweremadu.
“However, in spite of all of these, we want to assure the people of Enugu State that Senator Ike Ekweremadu is not deterred in his bid to fashion out a new Enugu State that will provide water, employment, provide security for all, pay pensions and gratuities, equitably distribute democracy dividends and opportunities, ensure massive road and infrastructural development, statewide electricity coverage, youth and women empowerment, and engender good governance, including non-interference with local government funds.
“We also want to assure the people of Enugu State that these criminal excesses have been duly reported to the relevant authorities and we are quite sure that action will be taken very soon.
“We thank profoundly the people of Enugu State for their determination to resist this reign of terror and undemocratic tendencies. We are happy that our recently unveiled pathway to a new Enugu is overwhelmingly resonating with the people. That is what matters for now.
“Therefore, we refuse to be distracted. We have gone through this path before and we trust God that this too shall pass.”