The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has picked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the Enugu West senatorial district and will be running for a 5th term in the Senate in the 2019 general elections.
Ekweremadu has been in the Senate since 2003.
In the senatorial primary conducted at the Enugu-West zonal headquarters, Awgu, on Tuesday, Ekweremadu polled 690 votes to beat his closest rival, Mr. Isaac Okah, who garnered 84 votes.
Another aspirant, Mr. Ogochukwu Onyema, polled 61 votes to come third, while Mr. Uche Onyekwelu and Mr. Oscar Egwuonwu polled 22 votes and five votes respectively.
In his acceptance speech, Ekweremadu declared the primary election as “the best in the country and an example of a free, fair and credible election.”
He praised his co-contestants for joining the race, noting that he had absolutely nothing against those who contested against him.
The Deputy Senate President said, “This is the true spirit of democracy and, as a person, I like peaceful contests.
“I salute and urge them to join hands with me to ensure that the PDP works as a family to win the main election and continue to deliver quality representation to our people.
“I will continue to be fair and equitable to all.”
Ekweremadu was the subject of widespread criticism recently when he said he could be a life senator if he wanted because he was in touch with his people
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