OrderPaperToday – Immediate past deputy president of the senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has given reasons why he decided to run for the seat for the fourth time.

He also admitted that the victory of his opponent in the election has sent him into retirement from active politics.

Ekweremadu was nominated to oppose the candidacy of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta) for the position. He lost by a wide margin. Omo-Agege won with 68 votes beating Ekweremadu who got 37 votes.

In an interview with journalists after the election, Ekweremadu noted that he wanted to have a referendum over the invasion of the red chamber in 2018, allegedly led by Omo-Agege.

He said: “I believe there must be a referendum. Look at what happened on a day I was presiding and chambers invaded. It is embarrassing that someone who led that operation will take a bow and be endorsed and we all work home like it doesn’t matter. I wanted a situation where we could present a referendum in respect of what transpired.”

According to him, he only took the decision to contest “early this morning.

“We were not minded to run for any office, we thought that our friends in APC in consensus candidate that we can all be proud of, we don’t want a situation where we will say what happened here and the you came and endorsed same person deputy president of the senate. We need to exonerate ourselves.”

For him, “it was not a contest to win or lose, I wanted to make a statement.”

He added: “For over 20 years I have been very busy with politics and governance. So I think I can have a rest and reflect on other things.”

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