Ekweremadu Should Quit – Igbo Group Demand

By KayCee June 25, 2015 05:16

A United Kingdom based pan Igbo group, The Concerned Diaspora Enugu Westhas told the newly elected Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu to vacate his position.

In a statement released by the Group’s spokesman, Mr. Ignatius Ozoilo. The group argued that the nation was yet to see dividends from Ekweremadu’s reign as Deputy Senate President since 2007.

The lambasted Ekweremadu for boasting that his election as Deputy Senate President would be beneficial to the people of the South-East.

The statement read, “We have been deeply worried about the outcome of the leadership contest in the Senate on June 9 in which Senator Ekweremadu, representing Enugu-West senatorial district, put himself forward for the post of the Deputy Senate President.

“While we concede that the interest to become part of the leadership of the National Assembly is a legitimate aspiration, we are of the view that it is not a right political decision for Senator Ekweremadu to become and remain the Deputy Senate President of the 8th Assembly.

“Senator Ekweremadu held on as Deputy Senate President for eight years and did so as a member of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party. He had ample opportunity to use that position to improve the political, economic and social prospects of the country but regrettably he failed to demonstrate any particular sense of legislative acumen for the benefit of his constituency in particular and Nigeria in general.”

The group said that Ekweremadu should have declined the position when nominated and choose the path of honour like Mr. Leo Ogor who refused the position of Deputy Speaker in the House of Representatives when he was offered the position.

The group went on and said that Ekweremadu represents the old regime and therefore doesn’t deserve to have the Deputy seat.

The group said there was nothing exciting about the South-East producing the Deputy Senate President because the zone was not given any special consideration from 1999 to 2007 when it produced five Senate Presidents.

Ike Ekweremadu comes from Enugu State and has served in the Senate of Nigeria since May 2003, this is his third term as the Deputy Senate President despite being a member of the PDP.



By KayCee June 25, 2015 05:16