By LORD THEOPHILUS
As permutations and calculations towards the 2023 general election begin to dominate political discourse in Enugu, a competent source in the Coal City State has told Abeyanews that former Deputy Senate President, (DSP) Senator Ike Ekweremadu, currently the Senator representing Enugu West Senatorial District in the Red Chamber, is under “tremendous” pressure to join the 2023 governorship race in Enugu on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The source, who is very close to the Enugu West Senator, explained that the pressure is coming from political parties, various interest groups such as political pressure groups, youth groups, women groups as well as notable individuals, including highly-placed politicians, traditional rulers and religious leaders across the State, who see the Aninri-born Senator as the best choice to take over from the incumbent Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, come 2023.
“I can confirm to you that pressure is being mounted on Senator Ekweremadu from left, right and centre to come out and seek the mandate of the good people of Enugu State in 2023 to become the next governor of the State,” the source confided in AbeyaNews. “I can also confirm to you that pressure is coming from highly placed individuals who have considered the ex-DSP, fondly called Ikeoha Enugu State, as the one with enough experience and exposure to pilot the affairs of the State” after Governor Ugwuanyi.
Corroborating the source, a community leader in Aninri, Mr. Ugochinyere Njoku, who is conversant with happenings around the DSP, said visitors from all walks of life, including politicians, traditional rulers, Bishops of various Christian denominations and uniformed women groups, among others, have been trooping to his house in recent time obviously to ask him to run.
When contacted on phone, the ex DSP said he had always made it clear that his political career “is in the hands of God and it is God that always decides my destination,” adding: “If God says my next destination is to be a councilor in my ward, I won’t object to it.”