The report that the former deputy senate president, Dr Ike Ekweremadu was chased away by Nsukka youths at a football event in Ovoko is an indication that our people are no longer at home with him.
The Enugu West Senator was on Sunday, whisked away in Ulunya, Ovoko, Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area of Enugu State, when Nsukka youths invaded a football pitch where he was billed to kick-off a match.
Ekweremadu has been in power since 1999. He rose from LGA administrator to Chief of Staff and later became Secretary to the State govt. In 2003 he went to senate and rose to the office of the Deputy Senate President . For the past 18 years, Ike Ekweremadu has been in the senate.
Apart from seizing the senate slot of ndi Enugu west since 2003, Ike has dominated Enugu state politics, deciding who gets what and how. He also seized the PDP structure in Enugu state and became the godfather of Enugu state politics.
DSP Ike Ekweremadu has gotten to the peak of his political career. It is time to give way. He should read the handwriting on the wall and allow new leaders to emerge. He must not continue to constitute himself as the only politician in the state.
He should emulate the former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani who stepped aside and allowed others to step into his shoes.
Those who are urging him to run for the 2023 governorship election are deceiving him. Ike is from Aninri in Enugu West Senatorial zone where Sullivan Chime just finished their 8 year tenure.
His attempt to disrupt the zoning arrangement in the state will end his political career. He will be retired politically and that will be shameful.
Ike has risen to the status of a great elder statesman. He ought to be grooming young men to take over from him. But he wants to remain in power forever and give out peanut to the youths to keep shouting ‘Ikeohaaa, Ikeoha Ndigbo ,ojebe goooooo.’
The signs are there that our people no longer want him. He should leave when the ovation is high. Igbos in diaspora sent that message to him when he visited Germany. Ndi Nsukka youths have also renewed the same message, it is up to him to listen, take wise counsel and do the needful.