Former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu has announced that he will share his vision for a new Enugu State today ahead of the 2023 governorship election in the state.
Though Ekweremadu who currently represents Enugu West at the Senate has not formally declared to run for interest to run for the office of governor, it is widely believed within Enugu that the long-serving Senator will challenge the zoning arrangement in the Peoples Democratic Party and seek for the party’s ticket.
In a post on his verified Facebook page today, Ekweremadu urged his supporters to join him as he embark on a consultative session with the media in Enugu at 12 noon today, Friday, March 11, 2022.
Themed “A Pathway to a New Enugu”, Ekweremadu said the consultation is with the invited media only but will be broadcast live by Dream 92.5 FM, Enugu; Urban 94.5 FM, Enugu; Coal City 92.9 FM, Enugu; Purity 102.5 FM, Awka; Pacesetter 103.5 FM, Umuahia; Salt 98.1 FM, Abakaliki; and Heartland 100.5 FM, Owerri.
“I urge our supporters to follow the event wherever they are on these radio stations, including the social media platforms of the stations,” the Senator wrote.
Observers of the political situation in Enugu State believe that Ekweremadu may have one of his biggest political challenges awaiting him if he is truly interested in becoming the governor of the state in 2023. The PDP which has ruled the state since the return of democracy in 1999 has a zoning arrangement among the three senatorial zones in the state which the party has followed since 1999.
As it stands, it is the turn of the Enugu East senatorial zone if the zoning arrangement is still to be respected while Ekweremadu is from Enugu West. Some political bigwigs in the party such as former governor Chimaroke Nnnamani, Former PDP National Chairman Okwesilieze Nwodo and others have not hidden their desires to see that the zoning arrangement is maintained.
If he is to succeed in his quest, Ekweremadu will have to find a way to navigate through all these impending obstacles, but if there is anyone in Enugu State capable of resetting the political status quo in the PDP and the whole state it is the well-experienced Senator. However, only time will tell what the eventual outcome will be.
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