Deputy Senate Ike Ekweremadu says he will not defect to any other party to retain his seat in the National Assembly.

Ekweremadu made this known in Enugu on Tuesday while reacting to a rumour on his planned defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Addressing his constituents, Ekweremadu said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders in the South East Zone were committed to repositioning and strengthening the party.

“We may not have the presidency but we are strong in the states and remain the party to beat.”

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He said that the PDP members in the National Assembly and members of the party in South East would work with the incoming administration of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari for the overall development of the country.

“The South East PDP and Igbos have nothing against Buhari as a person or his administration. We will work hand in hand with him and give him the support to succeed.

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“I have heard permutations on the possible mass defection of Ndigbo to the APC in the coming dispensation.

“While I will not stand brief for all the PDP stalwarts of the South East because our constitution provides for freedom of association, I can assure you that on PDP we stand.

“Count Sen. Ike Ekweremadu out of any defection to the opposition.’’

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The deputy senate president expressed appreciation to his constituents for re-electing him and making the PDP proud in the state.

He commended President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat, saying it was a great and defining moment for the country’s democracy.

Ekweremadu appealed to the people of the state to vote for the PDP Governorship Candidate for better delivery of the dividends of democracy.