Former Deputy Senate President and Senator representing Enugu West Senatorial district, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu has reportedly concluded plans to dump his political party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of 2023 Enugu governorship tussle.
Leakblast learned that a source close to the former deputy Senate President who pledged anonymity has indicated that Ekweremadu has renewed his high-level negotiations with the top echelon of the APC from the South East.
The source maintained that Ekweremadu’s defection to the APC has nothing to do with disagreement with his own party, the PDP, but solely on his desire to pursue his governorship ambition in 2023.
It will be recalled that Ekweremadu is one of the longest-serving senators in the national assembly having represented his senatorial zone for 16 years and still counting.
During his re-election in 2019, Ekweremadu has promised his constituents he would not be seeking another term in the Senate come 2023.
He was first elected to the senate in 2003. In 2015 he attempted to run for Governor but the then Governor, Sullivan Chime denied him the ticket insisting it was the turn of another zone. This prompted Ekweremadu to renegotiate his way back to the Senate.
Leakblast gathered that Enugu PDP has insisted on following the zoning arrangements of 1999. Enugu East produced Governor between 1999-2007, followed by Enugu West (2007-2015) and now Enugu North (2015-date ) The tenure of Enugu North is expected to elapse by 2023.
But Ekweremadu’s close aide maintained that since all zones have benefited from the zoning arrangements, it doesn’t matter which zone produces the next governor.
Meanwhile, Enugu East which has former governors Chimaraoke Nnamani and Jim Nwobodo, and the former Senate President Sen. Ken Nnamani amongst other stakeholders have made it clear that they are leaving no stone unturned in producing the next governor and the incumbent governor, Rt. Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is strongly in support of Enugu East.
But Sen. Ekweremadu has continued to play through the gallery, refusing to make bold statements on his 2023 ambition, even when interviewed on Dream FM’s political voices, he still spurned but ascribed 2023 Lion Building race to depend on “the will of God”.
With Ekweremadu’s continual interest to occupy the Lion Building (Enugu State Government House) even without the support of the incumbent governor, and key stakeholders, his alternate vehicle to achieve his long time dream is through the APC.
This online Newspaper confirmed that Ekweremadu has activated all his governorship structures and is on the verge of concluding all necessary measures before he finally announces his defection to the APC.
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