Monday, 25 July 2016

Okorocha dares Ekweremadu, says he will be replaced by an APC candidate

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has said Ike Ekweremadu’s position as deputy Senate president was under threat.

Speaking on Sunday, July 24, at a victory party he organised to celebrate the outcome of the July 23, re-run election for Okigwe zone senatorial seat and the two state constituencies of Oru-East and Oru-West in Imo state, Okorocha advised Ekweremadu to get ready to lose his leadership seat in the Senate, The Punch reports.


The governor disclosed that the deputy Senate president will be displaced by Benjamine Uwajumogu, an All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, who contested in the last Saturday’s re-run senatorial election in Imo state.

He said: “The position of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the deputy Senate president is at the moment under heavy threat because in no distant time the APC senator in-waiting from Imo state, Benjamine Uwajumogu, will take over the seat on the grounds that it is an aberration that a PDP senator from the south-east is deputy to an APC Senate president because, before now, APC could not produce a senator from the south-east zone.

“Senator Ekweremadu had known that such a development was not only feasible but inevitable and that was why he fully funded the candidate of the PDP in the re-run senatorial poll in Okigwe zone and also relocated to the state three days to the election date.”

Okorocha described APC’s victory in the re-run poll for Okigwe senatorial zone as a victory for the whole of South-East APC in particular and the people of the geo-political zone in general. Senate president Bukola Saraki and Ekweremadu are in court for alleged forgery.

Weeks back, the national chairman of the APC disclosed that the party’s major problem was with Ekweremadu saying, “the thing that rankled us most was the election of Ekweremadu as deputy Senate president.”

In reaction, Senator Dino Melaye said the APC should be grateful that it didn’t lose the National Assembly leadership to the PDP. However, Ekweremadu has insisted that he cannot be removed from office, adding that the ruling APC was merely wasting its time trying to remove him from office.


Naij.com

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