Ekweremadu announces withdrawal from Enugu gubernatorial race

Ekweremadu announces withdrawal from Enugu gubernatorial race

The former Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, has formally announced his withdrawal from the 2023 gubernatorial election in Enugu State.

Ekweremadu, who represents Enugu West Senatorial Zone, disclosed this in a statement issued in Enugu on Thursday, June 2.

He stated that the decision followed wide consultations and in a bid not to jeopardise the peace and security in the state.

The lawmaker stated that he had consulted with the elders of the party and other Nigerians and had “painstaking introspection on his contributions to the development of the PDP”.

He explained that he would not want to put anybody in harm’s way by “a foreseeable combustive political environment”.

According to him, my ambition is not worth the life of any Enugu son or daughter.

Ekwerenmadu had earlier withdrawn from the party’s gubernatorial primary election; which produced Mr Peter Mba as the party’s flag bearer on May 25.

He stated that he had received assurances from Mba that everybody would participate in his campaign team.

He said that the PDP gubernatorial candidate also promised to integrate his (Ekweremadu) “Pathway to a new Enugu State” in his programme.

“It is time to unite. I congratulate Mba and wish him success,” the lawmaker stated.

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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, June 2, met with Nigerians living in Spain on the sidelines of his official visit, pledging that Nigeria will continue to defend the interests of its nationals living abroad.

He equally challenged all citizens pursuing legitimate businesses abroad to always invest wisely back home in Nigeria; as part of their contributions towards transforming the nation’s economy.

The Diaspora team, which met with the president, included John Bosco, President of the association; his deputy, Richard Omoregbe, Super Eagles player who plies his trade with Leganes FC, Madrid; Kenneth Omeruo and Obinna Okafor, a football agent.

Others were Mohammed Bashir, a student of Aviation; Segun Adedoyin, studying Global Affairs; and Bright Omorodion, a businessman.

Buhari told the Nigerians, whom he described as ambassadors of the country in Spain:

“Many of you are here for different reasons, some for a fulfilling career in sports, especially in football from where you earn respectable incomes to sustain yourselves; as well as maintain your extended families in Nigeria including investments back home.

”Some of you are engaged in other businesses that have enhanced your socio-economic status, both here and at home.

”More importantly, through your commitment to your various callings; you have enhanced the name and image of our country, thereby, earning Nigeria respect in Spain.

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