Rochas Okorocha, the governor of Imo State, on Sunday, July 24, 2016, said Ike Ekweremadu should be warming up to lose his seat as the deputy senate president.
Okorocha said a candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Benjamine Uwajumogu, who contested in the last Saturday, july 23, 2016 re-run senatorial election in Imo State would displace Ekweremadu as soon as he joins the Senate.
He said it would be an aberration for Ekweremadu, of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, to still continue to retain his seat as the deputy senate president, after Uwajumogu had joined the Senate.
Okorocha’s chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, quoted the Imo State Governor as saying this on Sunday night at a victory party he organised to celebrate the outcome of the July 23, 2016 re-run election for Okigwe zone senatorial seat and the two state constituencies of Oru-East and Oru-West in Imo State.
Okorocha with the outcome of the re-run election, Ekweremadu’s seat as the Deputy Senate President had come under “heavy threat.”
He said Ekweremadu himself had known and feared the possibility of losing his seat, that was why he relocated to Imo State three days to the re-run election.
Okorocha, however, said it had become inevitable for Ekweremadu to relinquish his seat to Uwajumogu.
“The position of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the Deputy Senate President is at the moment under heavy threat because in no distant time the APC senator in-waiting from Imo State, Benjamine Uwajumogu, will take over the seat on the grounds that it is an aberration that a PDP senator from the South-East is deputy to an APC Senate President because, before now, APC could not produce a senator from the South-East zone,” Okorocha said.
“Senator Ekweremadu had known that such a development was not only feasible but inevitable and that was why he fully funded the candidate of the PDP in the re-run senatorial poll in Okigwe zone and also relocated to the state three days to the election date.” He said.
Okorocha described the victory of the APC in the re-run poll for Okigwe senatorial zone as a victory for the whole of South-East APC in particular, and the people of the geo-political zone in general.