Despite his sacrifices and exploits for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in its darkest hours, Chief Ike Ekweremadu could still be jumped in the choice of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s running mate for the 2019 presidential election.
Since the announcement would have been made before my article would be in the newspapers, I made it clear that it wasn’t a campaign for him, but retrospection on his roles in weathering PDP’s post-election defeat storm to turn it into the beautiful bride that it is today.
More so the man was reported to have told Atiku and former President Olusegun Obasanjo well ahead of the Convention that he was more interested in key issues like sacking the present government and restructuring than in vice presidency, which he said should go to any region that could help brighten the chances of PDP victory in 2019.
Although Chief Ekweremadu has benefited from the PDP, serving in many positions, there are also many others, who benefited far more than Ekweremadu, but turned their backs on the party at the most critical time.
While some left before the 2015 election or stayed inside to work against the party, the worst, to my mind, were those who dumped the PDP immediately it lost the general elections, even though they benefited heavily from the party as Senate President, Speakers, Ministers, Governors, serving and former Senators and members of the House of Representatives
Some left because they are incurable “long throat”, who always want to be where the milk and honey flows, but never ready to rear the cow or farm the bee. Some left because of skeletons in their cupboards and could not stand the media trial and harassment of being dragged from one court to another.
Even some, who have no skeletons fled for fear of political witch-hunt. There were a few who left out of frustrations, some perceived, some genuine. But Ekweremadu stood up to be counted when the PDP was down and out, when it seemed like the end of the road for the party, deserted by its teeming fair weather friends and well wishers.
Ekweremadu and his comrades- the PDP contingent to the 8th National Assembly pulled a masterstroke at the inauguration of the 8th National Assembly. They did not only become the kingmakers that installed all the presiding officers of the National Assembly, but also ensured that Ekweremadu returned as Deputy Senate President.