Senator-elect for Okigwe Senatorial District of Imo State in the last month re-run election, Benjamin Uwajumogu has declared that he was not elected to replace Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the Deputy Senate President, DSP.
Reacting to some recent media reports that Ekweremadu would soon lose his present number two position in the upper legislative chamber following his election, Uwajumogu, a candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, said that he was not after anybody’s job.
Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has declared that Ekweremadu should be warming up to lose his seat as the DSP during a victory party to celebrate the outcome of the July 23, 2016 rerun election in two constituencies of the state.
The governor who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo at the event, said the APC candidate, would displace Ekweremadu as soon as he joins the Senate.
But Uwajumogu told journalists in an interview in Abuja, that his victory at the re-run was not meant to displace the DSP, wondering how such feat could be achieved.
The former Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly stated that “even if a change is been contemplated, majority of the senators who will affect the change are at the moment loyal to the Deputy Senate President”.
He said the notion that he is coming to the senate to dislodge Ekweremadu would only create tension and acrimony between him and the leadership of the senate, declaring that he will work harmoniously with the leadership of the senate in line with the party directives.
Uwajumogu said, “My interview with Channels Television, I did tell them that these (stories) were speculations. I have always worked hard to come to the Senate. I am there to represent my people, work with the leadership of the senate and be loyal to the All Progressive Congress, APC, and the Senate.
“I have not come to take anybody’s job. In the first place, how would they do it, the PDP have about 49 senators and 59 APC in the senate. So, how can they achieve that when the senators are loyal to Ekweremadu?
“My election to the senate under the platform of the All Progressive Congress, APC, as the only APC Senator in Igboland suggests that Igbo people are ready to vote APC and support Buhari to address the problem of Nigerians.
“Those who have expressed such wishful thinking must have done it with goodwill and not to create confusion in the senate.”

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