Nigeria’s Senate Deputy President, Ike Ekweremadu who addressed his constituents who converged to beg him to return to the Senate in 2019, revealed that he gave the All Progressives Congress, APC, N5m in 2014.
Ike Ekweremadu who addressed his constituents who presented him the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, expression of interest and nomination form worth N3m at his Enugu residence, the Senate Deputy President said the beauty of democracy was allowing the opposition to thrive.
The Senate Deputy President whose constituents, said has no alternative at the moment as he has impacted on their lives so much, said as an apostle of true democracy he gave the APC N5m at its formative stage in 2014 when it had financial challenges in Enugu State.
According to him, the party had issue of funds for its membership registration and that “when they approached me, I gave them N5m. Chris Ngige can bear me witness.”
This is coming after the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu said he could remain in the senate for the rest of his life if he desires.
Mr Ekweremadu said at an event on Thursday in Abuja, that he is always in touch with his constituents, and could easily win elections. The dialogue was organised by the #NotTooYoungToRun movement, a youth group that lobbied for the passage of a new law that reduced the ages of qualification for political offices across the country.
“I’m in total touch with my people and that is why if I want to remain in senate forever, I will,” Mr Ekweremadu told young aspirants on the platform of PDP.
“PDP is not a home for urban politicians, for young people,” he said.
“If you want to participate in politics, you have to pay your dues and the best place to pay your dues is your local community. That is where we all started from.
“Don’t think you will go to the House of Reps or House of Assembly by running around Wadada Plaza, it’s not going to work.”