Ike Ekweremadu has been a Nigerian Senator for over 16 years and will be for at least another 4 years. He served as Deputy Senate President from 2015 to 2019. Let’s review Ekweremadu’s winning speech before we lightly analyze how Ekweremadu won.
Ekweremadu’s Speech on Sunday, February 24th, 2019:
“This is the first time within this part of Nigeria that someone would be elected consecutively for five times into the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It has never happened and I am not taking it for granted. I indeed feel very humbled and I give all the glory and thanks to the Almighty God who has made it possible. Recall that about a year ago, we went through a lot of storm for the major part of 2018 so nobody believed that a day like this will come where I will stand for an election and be declared winner. So, only God can make that possible.”
“I must also thank my friends and associates, the great people of Enugu West, very industrious people, highly civilized people, highly accomplished people, very educated people, who in spite of the fact that I am just a little boy from Mpu, have given me this unprecedented opportunity. I would like to thank my family members for supporting me all the time and if you look at the last 48 hours, a lot of people have made a lot of commitment to ensure that this process is accomplished. So, I would like to thank the INEC officials for their commitment to our democracy, the security agents for their patience and professionalism.”
“I would like to thank members of the press who have stood behind us to ensure that there is reportage for all that is going on in different parts of the country, it is not a small investment in our democracy. I believe that what is expected of us this time is to give back to the society that has given us this opportunity and those that have given us this confidence to ensure that this confidence is not misplaced. So a lot is lying on our shoulders. I would like to say clearly that we will not disappoint you.”
Ike Ekweremadu hasn’t been “a little boy from Mpu” since 1999. He has been lavishing in wealth, security and power as a top figure in Enugu politics for approximately 2 decades.
How Did Ekweremadu Win?
Many who know, know that the elections in Enugu was most probably not free and fair. Ike Ekweremadu garnered 86,088 votes and next in line, Juliet Ibekaku-Nwaugwu of the APC garnered 15,187 votes. Ekweremadu is indeed a popular name in Enugu politics and has been for almost 2 decades but truth be told, Enugu citizens are tired of the status quo and demand better leadership.
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