OrderPaperToday – The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has celebrated his “landslide victory” after emerging as the representative of Enugu West senatorial district in the 9th assembly.
Ekweremadu will be serving for the fifth term in the red chamber under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
He was declared winner by Returning Officer, Prof. Douglas Nwabueze at about 12:01am on Monday with a total of 86,088 votes to beat his closest rival, Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 15,187 votes.
Reacting to his victory, Ekweremadu in a statement released by his spokesperson, Uche Anichikwu, expressed gratitude to his constituents for reelecting him into the Senate for a fifth time, noting that it was a record of it’s own in the eastern part of the country.
He said: “I am not taking this election for granted especially by the unprecedented nature of my election. This is the first time within this part of Nigeria that someone would be elected consecutively for five times into the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It has never happened and I am not taking it for granted. I indeed feel very humbled and I give all the glory and thanks to the Almighty God who has made it possible.
“I must also thank my friends and associates, the great people of Enugu West – very industrious people, highly civilized people, highly accomplished people, very educated people, who in spite of the fact that I am just a little boy from Mpu have given me this unprecedented opportunity.
“Recall also that about a year ago, we went through a lot of storm for the major part of 2018. So, nobody believed that a day like this would come when I would stand for an election and be declared winner. So, only God can make that possible.
“I believe that what is expected of us this time is to give back to the society that has given us this opportunity and those that have given us this confidence to ensure that this confidence is not misplaced. So, a lot is lying on our shoulders. I would like to say clearly that we will not disappoint Nigerians”.
Ekweremadu appreciated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies, the press, election monitors and observers as well as the electorate for their professionalism and peaceful conduct of the election.