Senate Deputy President, Ike Ekweremadu, has finally rejected claims that he is nursing plans to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ekweremadu’s denial is coming, one day after members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senate Caucus held a meeting, where the Deputy President of the Senate was advised to make a public statement to discredit the claims.
In a statement issued by Ekweremadu’s office in Abuja on Wednesday, the Deputy Senate President, dismissed as false, insinuations and reports that the he could be on his way to the ruling APC to save his job.
The statement described the claims as “a fantasy of those peddling it.” He assured the (PDP) faithful and Nigerians that he is going nowhere.
The statement reads: “Senator Ekweremadu is not contemplating leaving PDP. He is more concerned about fixing the country’s biting economic and security conditions and other challenges than saving his job as the Deputy President of the Senate.
“It is his view that Nigeria has to first exist for us to have political parties to belong to or political offices to occupy. Studies have shown a direct relationship between economic conditions and survival of democracy.
“The primary responsibility our Constitution places on our government is to cater to the wellbeing of the citizens as well as security of their lives and property. When such are threatened, everyone should necessarily get serious and preoccupied with contributing his or her quota to salvaging the country.
“Besides, he is most grateful to his colleagues for the confidence they continue to repose in him and the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki. He is grateful for the solidarity that the Senators have continued to accord them.
“By strength alone shall no man prevail. Therefore, let us get down on our knees and continue to present the government and the country before God”, Ekweremadu stated.
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