Ekweremadu denies plans to quit PDP, seeks consultations in political decision-making.
·Obaseki’s aide, 200 APC members defect to PDP
Deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has denied planning to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ekweremadu, who was made number four citizen by the eighth senate despite his membership of an opposition party, urged politicians to consult properly before taking decisions.
This latest position came on the heels of widespread media report that he had decided to defect because he felt ignored in the process that produced PDP’s vice presidential candidate, former Governor Peter Obi.
In a statement he posted on his social media page, @iamekweremadu, he stressed that he remained a member of the PDP.
The statement, which was re-circulated by his media adviser, Uche Anichukwu, yesterday, reads: “I am presently out of the country on a prescheduled engagement. In the past 24 hours, I have been inundated with calls from friends and political associates seeking clarification on the rumours of my departure from the PDP, which has dominated the media.
“Let it be known that my path in politics is in the hands of the Almighty God, who has indeed been very faithful and gracious to me. I am very grateful to God for this.”
Ekweremadu was said to be equally upset because his input was not sought in the constitution of the PDP presidential campaign organisation, which is presided over by Senate President Bukola Saraki.
In another development, former special assistant to Edo State governor on political matters, Louis Imhandegbelo, has, alongside over 200 APC members, defected to the PDP.
Imhandegbelo, who hails from Uhordua in Esan South-East Council, said: “I decided to dump APC for PDP in my ward because I see good prospects in PDP. I have come to join the PDP to help rescue our fatherland from the hands of APC’s unacceptable leadership and forces of retrogression.
“Before I decided to join PDP, I consulted with the good people of Uhordua on the way forward for our land; the response I got was very impressive. My followers and I that defected today to PDP have one common agenda, which is to join forces with other compatriots to save Esan land and the country in general,” Imhandegbelo said.