By Uche Mbah
The deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremmadu, has been appointed Technical Adviser to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar. He is to serve alongside Speaker of the HouseRepresentatives Yakubu Dogara, former Peoples democratic party, PDP Chairman Ahmed Makarfi, and and former governor of Jigawa state Sule Lamido. In addition, Lamido was named Chairman, Elders’ Council for the Campaign while Kawu Buraje was appointed Technical Adviser to the chairman Campaign Organisation, Bukola Saraki.
Ekweremadu has in recent times been targets of accusations of anti party activities, with rumors of his impending decampment to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. These speculations were vehemently fueled by the Buhari Media Organisatin, BMO. But he has come out to say that there is no way he will abandon a party where he was one of the few men standing, with others crisscrossing the political carpets out of expedience.
“After the PDP lost the presidency and majority status at the National Assembly in 2015, I made it clear that I would stand by the party, no matter what. It took other party stakeholders and I a lot of efforts, sacrifices, soul-searching, and painstaking negotiations to hold the party together and rebuild it. If I did not abandon the PDP at its darkest hour, it does not make the slightest sense to say that I abandoned it now that its sun is rising again”, Ekwermadu wrote on his official facebook page.
According to him, he has held separate meetings with PDP Vice Presidential candidate, Peter Obi and the Chairman, South East Governors Forum, Dave Umahi,” to work out strategies for the success of our party and candidates in the coming elections. We are also setting up a meeting of South East PDP stakeholders by weekend to continue to strategise on the coming elections. I have no doubt that the South East leaders will deliver the region overwhelmingly to the PDP and I expect that other leaders will also do the same in their respective geopolitical zones.”