Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has announced that he would not seek re-election into the Senate in 2023, noting that God had been kind to him, raising him to address enormous challenges faced by his people.
He spoke Sunday at an event to mark his 57th birthday and to appreciate God and his constituents for his re-election and triumphs.
Ekweremadu recalled how he became the chairman of his age grade association at age 10, and served as President-General of Mpu Town Union, pioneer elected chairman of Aninri LGA, Chief of Staff of Enugu Government House, Secretary to Enugu State Government, fourth term Senator, third term Deputy President of the Senate, and the first Nigerian Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament”.
He, however, observed that it had not been all rosy as he had also faced serious political challenges and persecutions.
He said: “Indeed, without the Almightiness of God and your fidelity, I would not have been here to acknowledge the triumph of God’s grace over the evil intensions of wicked souls in high and low places of our society”.
Ekweremadu expressed happiness over the developments his representation had brought to his people, saying: “My life and political odyssey are products of divine grace working through destiny helpers like you, for I know where I am coming from. I also know how far the Almighty God has brought me.
“I have also looked back on the last 16 years, which I have represented Enugu West as their Senator and I can only thank God for our accomplishments. I have tried to count our blessings. I have tried to name them one by one. I must confess that I am truly surprised at what the Lord has done for us.
“Our human capital development projects are on the upward trajectory. We have assisted several of our young people with employment in public service. Through the Ikeoha Foundation, we have supported 3,843 undergraduates with bursary awards, 87 with full scholarship, while over 12,155 women and youth have received basic education courtesy of Ikeoha Foundation Adult Literacy Programme”, he added.
Despite the achievements, however, Ekweremadu said it was time to call it quits with the Senate come 2023.