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PDP Chair: Ekweremadu denies rift with Jonathan

By Inalegwu Shaibu

ABUJA — Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has dismissed claims of infighting between him and President Goodluck Jonathan over who emerges as the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Senate President, Mr. Paul Odenyi, Senator Ekweremadu was quoted as saying that the South-East is united in its position to ensure the emergence of a chairman that would be accepted by all Nigerians.

The statement reads: “The South-East caucus in the on-going search for a new Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, is working with other stakeholders of the party to present a candidate that will reflect the true character and strength of the party.

“I have no disagreement with the Presidency over anything, not least the choice of who will be the chairman of our party. Instead, we are working together on the process to choose someone who will reflect the character and strength of the party across the country.

“I am proud of the quality of people that have shown interest in the race. They are very credible people and those that have paid their dues. They are all my brothers and I have no reason to oppose the choice of any of them.  We are working with all the stakeholders including our members at the Presidency to conclude the process of selection of a new party chairman.

“The office of the National Chairman of the ruling party is very important and I am sure that all the effort invested in the process will be justified by the person who will be presented to our members.”

The Deputy Senate President described the array of aspirants in the race as men of integrity and vision who are the pillars of the party in the South-East zone and the national level.


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