Ekweremadu denies division in PDP, discloses how South East will be delivered to party

Nigeria's Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has
described the purported division in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
as fake news ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

He also said that the report was "cheap blackmail, smear campaign, and
extreme propaganda" and urged party faithful and supporters not to be
distracted by the lie mills as the nation approached the critical
stages of the 2019 elections, but to remain focused on delivering the
votes to ensure the success of the PDP.

The Senator, who took to his social media handles @iamekweremadu, to
make the explanations, said: "My attention has been drawn to the
orchestrated attempts by some characters to create the impression of a
divided house in Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the coming
presidential election. Such characters dish out fake and divisive
stories without source on a daily basis and attribute same to me.

"While I refuse to be distracted by such cheap blackmail, smear
campaign, and extreme propaganda, it is important to reassure our
supporters that the PDP is united and focused on wresting power from
the All Progressives Congress, APC.

"After the PDP lost the presidency and majority status at the National
Assembly in 2015, I made it clear that I would stand by the party, no
matter what. It took other party stakeholders and I a lot of efforts,
sacrifices, soul-searching, and painstaking negotiations to hold the
party together and rebuild it. If I did not abandon the PDP at its
darkest hour, it does not make the slightest sense to say that I
abandoned it now that its sun is rising again.

"Meanwhile, I have held separate meetings with our Vice Presidential
candidate, Peter Obi and the Chairman, South East Governors Forum,
Dave Umahi, to work out strategies for the success of our party and
candidates in the coming elections. We are also setting up a meeting
of South East PDP stakeholders by weekend to continue to strategise on
the coming elections.

"I have no doubt that the South East leaders will deliver the region
overwhelmingly to the PDP and I expect that other leaders will also do
the same in their respective geopolitical zones".

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