Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu yesterday assured that the South-East PDP caucus and the entire people of the South-East zone would give maximum support to the incoming administration led by General Muhammadu Buhari to succeed as president of the country, in as much as the zone would still owe its loyalty to PDP.
Ekweremadu, who was re-elected for the fourth term to represent Enugu West senatorial zone at the upper legislative chamber, dropped the hint in Enugu during a town hall meeting with PDP stakeholders from his senatorial zone.
He stressed that there was no iota of truth in the specualtions making the rounds that many Igbo political stakeholders in PDP were planning for mass defection into APC predicated on the party’s loss of the March 28 presidential election to APC.
His words: “I have also heard a lot of permutations on the possible mass defection of Ndigbo to APC in the coming dispensation. While I will not hold brief for all the PDP stalwarts of South East origin, especially because our constitution provides for freedom of association, I can assure you that on PDP we stand; at least, count Senator Ike Ekweremadu out of any defection to the opposition.
“PDP leaders in the South East are committed to further repositioning and strengthening of the party. We may not have the presidency, but we are strong in the states and remain the party to beat. On PDP we stand.”
The deputy Senate president confessed that the South East caucus of the PDP and the Igbo nation as a whole had nothing against General Buhari as a person but merely expressed their franchise in line with the constitution of the country which permits freedom of association.
Ekweremadu urged the president-elect to employ equity and fair play in the appointment of political offices and distribution of democracy dividends to all sections of the country, irrespective of tribe, religion or party affiliation.
He said that Buhari had the choice to ensure that no part of this country is discriminated against in the distribution of opportunities and development projects on account of their ethnicity, religion, political affiliation and region, or to do otherwise, “but I believe that whatever choices he makes will determine his place in history,” he avers.
While urging the people of the South East to vote en-masse for PDP candidates in the Saturday, April 11, governorship and state house of assembly elections to be held nationwide, Ekweremadu cautioned that the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, must be held responsible if any mishap befalls the South-Easterners living in Lagos State owing to his threat that they must cast their votes for the Lagos APC governorship candidate or have themselves to blame thereafter.


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