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Nigeria: Ekweremadu Withdraws From PDP Primaries, May Join APC

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“We want to inform our supporters and Nigeria that the previous deputy president of the senate and foremost governorship aspirant in Enugu State, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, won’t be collaborating within the PDP governorship major election scheduled for this Wednesday, Might 25, 2022.”

Former deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has withdrawn from the governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP).

Charles Asogwa, the director-general of Ikeoha Marketing campaign Organisation (ICO) disclosed this in an announcement on Wednesday.

ICO is the marketing campaign organisation of Mr Ekweremadu .

“We want to inform our supporters and Nigeria that the previous deputy president of the senate and foremost governorship aspirant in Enugu State, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, won’t be collaborating within the PDP governorship major election scheduled for this Wednesday, Might 25, 2022,” Mr Asogwa mentioned.

Though no motive was given for the withdrawal of the lawmaker, it isn’t unconnected with the present chilly battle with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and the management of the state chapter of the PDP over battle for the celebration’s governorship ticket within the state.

Mr Ekweremadu’s withdrawal got here only a few hours to the Wednesday’s governorship primaries of the celebration within the state.

The PDP is the ruling celebration within the state.

Chilly battle

Mr Ugwuanyi and the management of the celebration within the state had maintained that they’d respect the present zoning association within the state within the spirit of fairness, justice and equity.

The celebration, not too long ago, introduced that it had zoned the governorship to Enugu East District.

However Mr Ekweremadu, who hails from Aninri, in Enugu West District, has repeatedly kicked towards the zoning association insisting that there was no such settlement within the state.

On April 30, the celebration carried out its congresses throughout the varied wards within the state the place the three-man delegates emerged from every ward for the on-going primaries of the celebration.

Nonetheless, some loyalists of the lawmaker approached the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Abuja, and sought to nullify the election of the delegates.

However the courtroom didn’t rule of their favour.

The courtroom dominated, on Tuesday, that the ward congresses held for the election of three-man delegates from the 260 wards within the state remained legitimate and that the listing must be used to elect the candidates contesting for the 2023 elections.

Throughout Sunday’s major elections of the celebration to elect candidates for the Home of Representatives and state meeting, all of the aspirants from Mr Ekweremadu’s camp misplaced within the train.

Irked by the event, the lawmaker organised a parallel PDP congress the place the aspirants have been elected.

Current alleged strikes to dump PDP

The lawmaker reportedly met with the state management of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) over a attainable swap to the opposition celebration within the state.

The main points of the assembly with APGA are nonetheless sketchy, however PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the assembly resulted in a stalemate because the each events couldn’t attain any settlement.

Additionally, earlier on Tuesday, indications emerged that Mr Ekweremadu would possibly defect to the All Progressive Congress (APC) to contest the celebration’s governorship ticket for the 2023 common elections.

Late the identical day, Mr Ekweremadu was noticed on the marketing campaign workplace of the chairman of Abuja chapter of the APC holding talks in what gave the impression to be a last-minute effort to hitch forces with the APC to unseat PDP within the 2023 common election within the state.