An aide to the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Mr. Luke Ngbor has described the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, as a joker. This came after Okechukwu vowed to retire Ekweremadu from politics.
The VON-DG had said he would be contesting to represent Enugu West Senatorial District, an office currently being held by Ekweremadu. In the statement, Okechukwu asked his party members in the district to support his ambition, adding that he would retire Ekweremadu from the Senate. “My dear APC compatriots, may I seek your endorsement to retire Ike Ekweremadu from the Senate. I pledge to give the good people of Enugu West Senatorial District the following service – selfless, revamp Enugu coal, eastern corridor railway and cassava and rice settlement,” he said.
But in swift reply, Ngbor said Okechukwu was making an empty boast as the APC had no place in the South-East. “I want to put it categorically that APC has no place in South East. Recently if you recall, my brother Osita Okechukwu accepted that APC has no place in South East when he lambasted Imo State governor, His excellency Rochas Okorocha and claimed that because of governor’s activities in Imo, that APC will fail in South East.
“That is why I am letting you know that APC has no place in South East. Even Osita has us to contend with in Eke ward. Osita is an Abuja politician that doesn’t know anybody at the grassroot. Over the years, we had election in our ward and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has always come out victoriously with a flying colour. “But beyond that, let me draw your attention to the fact that that as I speak to you, in Eke ward that APC has two factional chairman and I wonder how Okechukwu will get nomination in the first place not to talk of getting nomination for the party in Enugu west.
“PDP is on ground and we know that our people are PDP. They support and will vote for PDP. “ My brother Okechukwu cannot retire anybody; It’s an over statement to say that he will retire any man from politics. Man by nature is a political animal and nobody can retire any human being from politics. “Apart from himself, there is another major stakeholder in APC at Eke ward, Minister of foreign affairs, I am still wondering how he is going to get nomination to represent his party in the first place not to talk of contending with the PDP, which is where I belong.
“Lastly, I want to bring your attention that there is great different between being a politician and being a propagandists. “He has me to contend with in Eke ward, which I can assure you that I will defeat him hands down before before we go to Udi LG and of course other four LGAs in Enugu west.
“Talking of retiring anybody, I think is another dream. We have 81 wards in Enugu West senatorial district, which Eke ward is just one ward. So it’s dream which I know will never work out for now. Let him first contend with me and see if he will defeat me in Eke ward before going to Udi, not to talk of Enugu west zone. Let him go back first and start building bridge for him to cross the bridge,” Ngbor said.