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PDP removes Ekweremadu from Enugu new secretariat panel

Enugu State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has reconstituted  membership of the special committee on building of the new state party secretariat, thereby displacing Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who was the chairman before now.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the party on Saturday evening, in Enugu, few hours after about 50 men attacked the Enugu State Government House.

The Enugu PDP also gave a standing order that, “the new secretariat should be in good condition for the forthcoming state congress of the party.”

Our correspondent gathered that political observers had anticipated such, considering the battle for supremacy between Governor Sullivan Chime and Ekweremadu’s camps in the state in the last six months.

It was gathered that the outcome of the meeting shook political aides of the senate president.

However, those of them from Aninri Local Government Area in the state swiftly pointed out that the decision would not in any way affect the political fortune of Ekweremadu.

They said, “We stand by our son, the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate and the Speaker of ECOWAS Pariament, His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Ike Ekweremadu, CFR to return to Senate in 2015 if he so desires.”

They also said, “They should also note that governorship election could not hold in Udi LGA during the 2007 election as Udi people refused to vote for their son – Sullivan Chime. It took the convergence of all political actors, including Aninri people, to deliver Governor Chime in his LGA during the rerun.

“But Aninri got only a commissionership position, while Udi, which worked against his emergence, became the greatest beneficiary in terms of multiple appointments.

“On the other hand, Senator Ekweremadu has facilitated numerous federal political appointments and employment opportunities for our people.”

Meanwhile, at the Enugu PDP meeting on Saturday, the party also ratified the time-table for the meetings of the organs of the party in the state and mandated affected members to endeavour to attend the meetings regularly for the actualisation of the set objectives of the said organs.

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