The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has expressed his frustration over the failure of PDP to pick him as a running mate. The party sidelined me in the decision of picking former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi as running mate to Akitu.
Mystatenews learnt that Ekweremadu was on a verge of leaving the People Democratic Party before the intervention of PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus and the Presidential candidate of the party Atiku Abubakar.
Ekweremadu is believed to be angry that he was not picked for the position of the running mate to Atiku in next year’s election.
As the highest political office holder in the party from the South-East where the position was zoned to Ekweremadu was believed to have positioned himself for the slot.
He was also said to have been sidelined in the decision-making that led to the picking of a former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, as Atiku’s running mate.
Ekweremadu was believed to have wondered what would be his position in both the party and the government if Atiku wins the presidency.
A member of the National Working Committee of the party, who spoke on condition of anonymity with our correspondent, said Ekweremadu’s fear was justified.
He said, “It is clear to us that the South-East will not produce the DSP in Atiku’s government. It will not also have any special role to play in the party as well. So, what will become of Ekweremadu? Will he return to the Senate as an ordinary member?”
However, when the threat to leave the party became rife, both Secondus and Atiku were said to have made telephone calls to Ekweremadu to assure him of the party’s respect for him.