“Ike Ekweremadu’s seat as Deputy Senate President, is now threatened, with the emergence of Benjamin Uwajumogu in the last senatorial re-run election in the state”. Imo State governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha has said.
Okorocha spoke while speaking during a victory party for members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to celebrate the outcome of the Saturday re-run election for Okigwe senatorial seat and the two state constituencies of Oru-East and Oru-West.
“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, Benjamins Uwajumogu, will take over the seat on the ground 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”
The governor stated further that Senator Ekweremadu knew that such development was not only feasible but inevitable and that was why he fully funded the PDP candidate in the re-run senatorial poll in Okigwe zone and also re-located to the state three days to the election date.
But reacting, the Office of the Deputy President of the Senate in a statement issued by the Special Adviser (Media) to the Deputy President of the Senate, said it would have “allowed the governor to continue to wallow in his delusions and wild claims, but, considering the fact that this is the second consecutive statement by the governor in one week wherein he attempted to impugn the integrity and democratic credentials of the Office and person of the Deputy President of the Senate, we are being compelled to set the record straight.
“The Deputy President of the Senate visited Imo State for the last time in 2015. It is also instructive that the governor’s claim comes on the heels of another statement by some All Progressives Congress (APC) elements in Ezeagu Local Government Area on Sunday where they whined bitterly over the huge solidarity shown by the good people, stakeholders, and traditional rulers of Enugu State to Senator Ekweremadu during his annual Ikeoha Scholarship and Bursary Awards/Adult Literacy Day at the Council headquarters on the same Saturday, June 23, 2016.”