Leader of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, yesterday advised the deputy
senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu to join the ruling All Progressives
Congress, APC to pave way for him to contest and probably win the
Presidency in 2023.
Senator Lawan (APC Yobe North) while congratulating the deputy senate
president, who clocked 56 on Sunday, urged him to dump the opposition
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the ruling party.
The senate leader said “2023 is there to be taken” by Ekweremadu if he’s
ready to join the APC “because there is an opportunity for you to get the ticket
to contest for the presidential election in 2023”.
While reminding the senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki about his deputy’s
birthday with a reply that he had already congratulated him, Senator Lawan
said the birthday of Ekweremadu “should be more than ordinary mentioning”
considering his position and number of years in the National Assembly.
“He is the longest serving presiding officer in the National Assembly. I am not
PDP and I will never be; but I know Senator Ike Ekweremadu has been a very
loyal and committed Deputy Senate President.
“I will not miss the opportunity to urge Senator Ike Ekweremadu to see
through the mist, this unholy environment and take the right decisions. You
are an asset, don’t stay and rot away or waste away.
“I join the numerous leaders and elders of the South-East who have
understood that Nigeria needs the commitment of people like you. Nigeria
needs the unity of everybody to make it better for the masses of this country.
“We need stability and I want to say clearly and assert that you are going to fit
in perfectly well. 2023 is there to be taken”, Senator Lawan stressed.
The Leader’s advice for Ekweremadu, who represents Enugu West Senatorial
District to dump PDP and join APC, drew laughter among some of the
senators from both political parties including the deputy senate president, who
shook his head intermittently while he’s being praised.
The deputy senate president clocked 56 years last Sunday and celebrated the
day with the sick and less privileged in Enugu.
Ekweremadu visited the Cardiothoracic Centre, University of Nigeria Teaching
Hospital, UNTH, Ituku-Ozalla; National Orthopedic Hospital; Mother of Christ
Motherless Babies Home; and Our Mother of Perpetual Help Old People’s
He donated medicines, foodstuffs, consumables and cash to support the
homes and the less privileged in the hospitals to settle their bills.