Embattled Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu could be facing a new different kind of political confrontation unlike the efforts of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to oust him as the Deputy Senate President, or the sustained tactics of the Economic And Financial Crimes Commision, EFCC to link him to 22 Properties purported to be his but undeclared in his assets declaration.
The polical battle the enduring Deputy Senate President is facing is in his home turf in Enugu West Senatorial District where the APC candidate, Mr. Osita Okechukwu who is the director-general of the Voice of Nigeria, VON is gathering tremendous support. Ekweremadu, who has served for 16 years in the Senate has lost the goodwill of some folks at home as they yearn for another voice to represent their interest at the centre.
This has culminculm into a war of words that broke out between supporters of Senator Ike Ekweremadu and Mr. Osita Okechukwu over the Enugu West Senatorial seat.
The supporters of Mr. Okechukwu known as the APC Youth Circle, APCYC has called on Ekweremadu to retire honourably after his Senatorial sojourn of 16 years.
“Mr Osita Okechukwu with his antecedents will give selfless service to the good people of Enugu West Senatorial District,” the statement deposed as it cited six persons the VON DG had influenced their appointments into various boards including National Population Commission, ICPC and Federal Medical Centre, among others. “Mr. Okechukwu will revamp Enugu Coal to be used to generate electricity and provide employment to thousands of youths. Distinguished Senator Ekweremadu never mentioned the huge coal deposit in the district in his 16 years sojourn. Okechukwu has been on this mission and it is elementary knowledge that he will facilitate the revamping of the coal deposits in Inyi, Amansiodo, Onyeama and Okpara mines better as a senator. “As a Buharist, Mr Okechukwu as a senator will easily hook up with President Buhari’s RRAP Projects – Roads, Rails and Agriculture – to facilitate the Eastern Corridor Railways, which will cover he Port Harcourt, Umuahia, Owerri, Abakaliki, Awka, Makurdi, Lafia, Akwanga, Jos, Damaturu, and Maiduguri.’’ Contacted, Ekweremadu’s Spokesman, Uche Anichukwu, declined to react, insisting that “a wise man only hurries to remove his wares when there is a heavy rain or the signs of it, not empty wind that doesn’t hold water or move the cloud.” However, the National President of Enugu West Peoples Assembly, a pan Enugu-West mini parliament, Hon. Paul Anikwe, advised the Enugu State APC to put its house in order before dreaming about Ekweremadu’s seat. “In Enugu West, we don’t sell the eagle to buy a kite. Besides, we know that APC’s violent congresses in Enugu, which we all saw on television, produced at least two factions. “While a faction led by Ben Nwoye is loyal to Senator Ken Nnamani as well as Sullivan Chime and Osita Okechukwu, the other faction chaired by Deacon Ogbodo is loyal to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who is promoting another senatorial candidate, Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu,” he said.