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2023: can Ekweremadu really endorse Okugo for governor?

2023: can Ekweremadu really endorse Okugo for governor?

The rumor is, everyday, being foregrounded that Senator Ike Ekweremadu is coming down from Abuja to run for the governor of Enugu state in 2023. Ekweremadu, a five-term senator, is regarded as the topmost and most loyal member of People’s Democratic Party from South East.

Ekweremadu will be facing tiring roadblocks to Lion Building if it happens that the rumor is real, and the greatest of all is the legitimate concern of the people of Nkanu and the entire Enugu East zone. The reason PDP has remained intact in Enugu since 1999 is mainly because of the great regard the leaders of the party accord the rotational principle of governorship seat among the three political zones.

If this formula is anything to go by, then the veteran Senator should not be eyeing the seat in 2023 because that would be trampling on the sensibility of Enugu West whose turn it is to produce the successor of governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

A-gentleman-agreement is just what it is: a-gentleman-agreement. The PDP leaders on the Senator’s side argue that such agreement is bound to be broken.

In a new twist, last week, Prince Okugo Nwanjoku, the present Youth Leader of Enugu West All Progressives Congress, came on Facebook and declared that he is going to run for the seat of Enugu state governorship in 2023. This raised more suspicion than jubilation among the teaming APC teaming members from Enugu West, especially as the Prince was seen on a photo with Senator Ike Ekweremadu on Sunday.

According to Prince Nwanjoku, he was on a consultative tour and has secured the confidence of the ambitious Senator for the Prince’s 2023 political bid.

A well known APC stakeholder from Aninri local government council, who preferred anonymity, told ‘aluta~express’ that all are gimmicks.

“It is either Prince Okugo is deceiving Ikeoha (Ekweremadu) or Ekweremadu is deceiving Okugo; or both are jointly deceiving the public”, he said.

No matter what the relationship between the two figures may be, it is clear now that the Enugu state elections in 2023 will be both thrilling and brutal. A lot of interests are already manifesting, and these interests are, by no means meagre interests.

Senator Ekweremadu is the figurehead of PDP in Enugu, without him the party will collapse. But he has the right to decamp to any party, and he has the right to run or not to participate in the 2023 gubernatorial elections. So far he has not made any public declaration to either deny or accept the flying news about his 2023 ambition.

Jude Ogbonna

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