Monday, 19 October 2015


Chief Dr. Ike Ekweremadu
The Deputy President of the Senate,‎ Chief Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, otherwise known as the Ikeoha Ndigbo, has advised the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to build on the successes recorded by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while it held power for 16 years or risk being pushed aside in 2019.

The Senate President, who launched himself into partisan politics by becoming the Executive Chairman of Aninri L.G.A in Enugu State, gave this advice during the 67th meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the PDP, which took place at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja last Thursday.

Chief Ekweremadu, a PhD holder in Law, made it clear that the PDP, in its 16 years of being in power, changed the face of telecommunication in Nigeria, making it the best in Africa, adding that it was the PDP that laid the foundation for genuine anti-corruption fight in the country by setting up relevant agencies and pushing for deliberate policies and legislation to achieve the goals.

The Ikeoha Ndigbo, an erstwhile Secretary to Enugu State Government, went further to say that a PDP government persistently pursued and got debt forgiveness for Nigeria and that the party actually changed the face of democracy in the country, stressing that PDP greatly enhanced the fortune of the nation’s democracy when the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan willingly accepted defeat after a controversial election. He added that “this is the first time in Nigeria that all sections of the country are crying of marginalization.”

While speaking earlier at the event, the acting National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Uche Secondus, stated that the party was determined to play the role of an opposition party by actively engaging the ruling APC.

He added: “Today the PDP as an opposition Party has become the driving force in the National Assembly and our own Senator Ike Ekweremadu is the Deputy Senate President, a feat unprecedented in the political history of Nigeria.”

Chief Secondus went further to state that the health and strong approach to opposition by the PDP had orchestrated the challenge of the APC’s inordinate ambition when it tried to take the PDP’s mandate in Ekiti State through an impeachment process, stressing that the PDP had been able to underscore certain abuses of the electoral act by security agencies fashioned against PDP candidates with tribunal cases.

The acting chairman of the PDP also commended the ongoing fight against corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari but accused him of going after PDP members only, stressing the need for equal and fair treatment of all Nigerians under the law.