Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has announced that he has no intention to seek re-election into the Senate in 2023.
Ekweremadu, who represents the Enugu West Senatorial District, has been elected into the Senate for five consecutive terms. His victory in the 2019 general elections secured his fifth term.
In a statement on Sunday by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, the senator noted that his political journey had not been all rosy as he had also faced serious political challenges and persecutions.
He was speaking at an event to mark his 57th birthday and to appreciate God and his constituents for his re-election and triumphs.
Ekweremadu said: “We are assembled here today to mark the awesomeness of God in my life and to thank you all for standing by me over yet another year of trauma in my politics, including the attempt on my life and lives of my family members, the assault on my liberty, and all the evil designs of the evil people in our society against my person and politics.
“I have been through the valleys of the shadow of death. I have been scorched and bruised for my political beliefs and determination to defend the principles of democracy and uphold justice for every segment of this nation.
He also spoke about the developments his representation had brought to his people.
“I have also looked back on the last 16 years, which I have represented Enugu West as their Senator and I can only thank God for our accomplishments.
“Our road infrastructure has improved remarkably. The Awka-Ugwuoba-Oji River-Nachi-Udi-9th Mile-Abor-Ukehe-Opi Road, which is our latest intervention in this regard, has just been awarded.
“We have made progress in electricity and water supply to our various communities,” he noted.
Ekweremadu who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), assured that as the 9th Assembly gets underway, he will ensure that all ongoing projects within his constituency are finished.
“As we get set for the 9th Senate, be assured that I will focus on the completion of all ongoing projects we attracted and ensure that communities that are yet to benefit from our vision in infrastructure adequately benefit.
“I will work with other patriotic Nigerians within and outside the National Assembly and across party, ethnic, and religious lines to address issues of disunity, insecurity, and poverty currently threatening our nation. I believe that together we can pioneer a new order characterised by peace, justice, unity, prosperity, egalitarianism, and boundless opportunities for all,” he said.