Fear grips Chime, other aspirants as Ekweremadu picks Senate form

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Fear must have gripped the camp of former governor Sullivan Chime and other aspirants following Sunday declaration of interest by the Deputy President of the Senate Ike Ekweremadu to return to the Senate.
Ekweremadu quenched the senatorial ambition of the then governor Sullivan Chime in 2015 and brought him to his knees having hijacked the PDP structure in the state.
A wounded Chime swallowed his pride and negotiated with Ekweremadu for other elective positions.
While Ekweremadu took charge of National Assembly positions the governor was allowed to select candidates for governorship and state Assembly.
Speculations over the position Ekweremadu would be running for in the 2019 elections were put to rest Sunday in Enugu when he accepted the Senatorial nomination form presented to him by his constituents.
The people of Enugu West senatorial zone who stormed Ekweremadu’s Enugu residence on Sunday urged him to seek re-election having performed creditably as a senator in the past 16 years.
They noted that he has positively touched the lives of the people of the 5 local government areas in Enugu West despite the prevailing economic challenges in the country.
Presenting the nomination form, the President of Enugu west parliament, Hon. Paul Anikwe on behalf of the people of Enugu west described Ekweremadu as “God-sent, a developer and a man of the people”, who honours God and respects mankind.
Anikwe disclosed that Ekweremadu has positively touched every life in the senatorial zone, adding that they are behind his bid to continue his good work.
On behalf of the five Local Government chairmen from the zone, Hon Chukwudi Ezinwa, Executive Chairman Ezzeagu LGA said they are ready to see to his re-election.
Responding, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu commended his People for choosing him as their candidate for senate.
He disclosed how he has been battling to deliver good governance to his people who sent him to represent them at federal level.
“God is with us and I can see the sun shining. I think this is one of the greatest moments of my political career. I thank you all and if it ends today I will go back to my creator and thank Him for using you people to humble me today. I thank you for all your beautiful thought about me.
“Recently, I have been thinking of what to do with my political career. I prayed for God to direct me. I came to a crossroad. I looked back at our past engagement in the constituency and by His grace, we have achieved great in infrastructure, we also achieved cohesion and unity in the whole of Enugu west.
“I thought of recent harassment and persecution and I said let God take control of everything. I believe it will be as God want it to be.
“At a time I thought of what to do. Two things came to my mind, to come back home, mentor youths on politics or to come back and take a lecturing job to impact my academic knowledge to students.
“I can only work in accordance with your direction because you are my employer. Wherever you want me to go I will go.”

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