‘Rest Assured, I’m Still in the PDP’ – Ekweremadu Debunks Defection Claims

Deputy Senate President Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has denied rumours that he was on the verge of decamping from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress, (APC).

Rumours were rife that the respected lawmaker was leaving the party in the wake of the selection of a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, as the running mate to the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

According to the reports, Ekweremadu not only felt slighted at being snubbed for the no 2 position, but he was further riled by the decision not to consult with him.

However, reacting to the rumours in a Facebook post on Wednesday, Ekweremadu said he was still a member of the main opposition party.

He wrote: “In the past 24 hours, I have been inundated with calls from friends and political associates seeking clarification on the rumours of my departure from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which has dominated the media.

“Let it be known that my path in politics is in the hands of the Almighty God, who has indeed been very faithful and gracious to me. I’m very grateful to God for this.

“My vision in politics is a system that works for everybody, a social and political environment where everybody, every section, and every tribe not only counts, but is also seen to count.

“As leaders, we must be mindful of this, for any system built on anything less will not endure.

“I am grateful to you – members of my family, my friends, political associates, and admirers across Nigeria and beyond – for your uncommon concern. I am indeed humbled by your kind words of solidarity and support.

“Please, be rest assured that I am still in the PDP.”

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