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Ekweremadu Emerges PDP Candidate For Enugu West Senatorial District


FROM IGNATIUS OKPARA, Enugu – The Deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu on Sunday emerged the people’s Democratic party PDP candidate for Enugu west senatorial District ahead of the 2015 election.

He was returned unopposed after polling a total of 294 out of the 299 votes cast by the accredited delegates.


The Deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu

Announcing the result at the Awgu council headquarters, the returning officer for Enugu west senatorial district primary election, Innocent Agbo, said the DSP had no challenger, hence he was returned unopposed.

Agbo, a former secretary to Enugu state government disclosed that five votes were invalid, adding that 315 were the statutory delegates.

African Examiner reports that Ekweremadu became PDP sole Aspirant for Enugu west district after the state governor, Sullivan Chime withdrew from the race.

In his acceptance speech, the Deputy senate president, had dedicated the victory to governor Chime, describing his victory as an act of God.

He said his victory was made possible following Governor Chime,s personal sacrifices for the return of peace in the party.

According to the DSP, “this is the first time I am being returned unopposed despite all challenges, which means there is God in heaven; He acts when everything is impossible.

“I want to dedicate this victory to Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State; he equally made personal sacrifices to pave way for the peace we have today”.

On the PDP governorship primary election scheduled for tomorrow, Monday 8th December, Ekweremadu urged his supporters to vote for Chime’s candidate, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who was earlier endorsed as the party’s consensus candidate.

“As you can see today, Chief Anayo Onwuegbu has withdrawn from the race; Chinedu Onu has also withdrawn, so I urge all our people to vote for Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi tomorrow.

“Peace requires making sacrifices and that is what they have all done.

“In the spirit of equity, we have all agreed that the governorship should go to Nsukka, so, let’s support Ugwuanyi”, he declared.

Ekweremadu, who is preparing for a 4th term in the upper chamber of the National Assembly NASS, also promised to attract more developmental projects to the people if re-elected.

He said job opportunities for the unemployed youths would be his area of priority this time around, adding that he will also attract a Federal Polytechnic in the zone.

Meanwhile, the five local government chairmen in the zone, who hitherto had been with Governor Chime,s faction before the purported truce also participated in the primary election.


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