OrderPaperToday – A People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain, Henry Shield, has said that the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, will leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC) after the 2019 elections.
Recall there have been media reports on the speculated defection of Ekweremadu because Mr. Peter Obi was chosen over him as running mate to the party’s presidential candidate, Abubakar Atiku. He had released a press statement discrediting the reports.
However, Mr. Shield told OrderPaperNG in a telephone conversation on Thursday that Ekweremadu will definitely dump the PDP in the coming days.
Hear him: “Ekweremadu will decamp to the APC after next month’s elections. Apparently, his desire to be vice president has consumed him. Ekweremadu should be extremely grateful to the PDP for the party has done for him. It is ingratitude for him to think because he didn’t get what he wanted this time around that he can now decide to play games.
“Let him go to the APC and see what he can get out of that place. Akpabio is also there. I am saying it boldly, the handwritings are on the wall, everyone can see it and read it. Ekweremadu is leaving PDP. He should stop with the cover up. We saw worse than this with Akpabio.
“I was close to him (Akpabio), you will recall I complained about him last year so I am telling you now that Ekweremadu is going to APC. He can come out tomorrow and he can even issue a press statement denying it or do a world press conference denying it. But I am saying today, which is the 3rd of January that Ekweremadu will leave PDP and join the APC. It is not even up for argument.”
The PDP Chieftain further disclosed that the signs of the defection became clearer after the party’s convention last year.
He said: “The signs have been there but it was until after the convention. This morning I still tried to call him, he didn’t pick his calls. Ekweremadu’s spirit and soul has left PDP for APC. We should just allow him to go. You cannot always have your way in a political setting.
“Where is the big heartedness? Where is the spirit that says our common enemy is Buhari and our common goal is to gain that power? For goodness sake, the party personally gave you a slot in the NWC. What else does he want the party to do? PDP should not be revolving around individuals.”