Come To APC, Get 2023 Presidency Ticket – APC Tells Ekweremadu
The All Progressive Congress (APC), is wooing the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to dump his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, ahead of the 2019 elections with the assurance to bag him the party’s presidential ticket for 2023 when the position would be zoned to the South East.
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The call came from the Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe), on Wednesday, while congratulating Ekweremadu on his 56th birthday during yesterday’s plenary session.
Lawan told the Enugu lawmaker not to waste and rot away in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ekweremadu who has been a member of the Senate since 2003, is also the longest serving presiding officer in the country. He was first elected as the second in command at the Senate Assembly in 2007 and served till 2015.
In June 2015 when the Senate was inaugurated, he was able to retain his seat despite that his party lost the majority at the Upper chamber.
Lawan said: “On behalf of myself, even though without consulting our colleagues here, I am sure all the senators here are with me on this that we pray for many more terms and returns of this day and, of course…I will use this opportunity to urge Senator Ike Ekweremadu to see through the mist and take the right decision. You are an asset; don’t stay and rust away or waste away.
“I am inviting you to consider joining 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 and needs stability. I want to say clearly that you are going to fit in perfectly well.”
“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.”
“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 of 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.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered that the lawmaker’s statements garnered laughter from the party members and the opposition. However, Ekweremadu smiled but did not utter a word.