THE Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who won an unprecedented fifth term in the Senate, has thrown in the towel, announcing that he would not seek re-election into the Senate again.
The announcement trailed speculations that Ekweremadu will contest the governorship election in 2023.
At an event Sunday to mark his 57th birthday, Ekweremadu admitted that it had not been all rosy as he faced serious political challenges and persecutions, while he stressed his belief that God had used him to address enormous challenges faced by his people.
During the event, which was attended by top politicians in Enugu, including the state Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, members of the National and State Assemblies, he told members of his constituency, “indeed, without the almightiness of God and your fidelity, I would not have been here to acknowledge the triumph of God’s grace over the evil intensions of wicked souls in high and low places of our society.”
Recalling “yet another year of trauma in my politics,” he noted “the attempt on my life and lives of my family members, the assault on my liberty, and all the evil designs of the evil people in our society against my person and politics.
“I have been through the valleys of the shadow of death. I have been scorched and bruised for my political beliefs and determination to defend the principles of democracy and uphold justice for every segment of this nation.
“My life and political odyssey are products of divine grace working through destiny helpers like you, for I know where I am coming from. I also know how far the Almighty God has brought me.”
He traced the developments his representation had brought to his people in Enugu West, in the last 16 years, and said: “I can only thank God for our accomplishments. I have tried to count our blessings. I have tried to name them one by one.
“Our road infrastructure has improved remarkably. The Awka-Ugwuoba-Oji River-Nachi-Udi-9th Mile-Abor-Ukehe-Opi Road, which is our latest intervention in this regard, has just been awarded.
“We have made progress in electricity and water supply to our various communities. We have built, rebuilt, and we are still building and rebuilding schools, churches, health and civic centres, among others.
“Our human capital development projects are on the upward trajectory. We have assisted several of our young people with employment in public service. Through the Ikeoha Foundation, we have supported 3,843 undergraduates with bursary awards, 87 with full scholarship, while over 12,155 women and youth have received basic education courtesy of Ikeoha Foundation Adult Literacy Programme.”
He said that in the meantime, he will use his time in the senate to “focus on the completion of all ongoing projects we attracted and ensure that communities that are yet to benefit from our vision in infrastructure adequately benefit.
“I believe that together we can pioneer a new order characterised by peace, justice, unity, prosperity, egalitarianism, and boundless opportunities for all.”