Ekweremadu Clarifies Statement About ‘Him Remaining In Senate Forever’
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on Friday reacted with a denial to a statement credited to him that he could remain in the senate for the rest of his life if he desires.
The senator representing Enugu west constituency was quoted by multiple media outlets as saying at an event organised by the ‘Not-Too-Young-To-Run movement’ on Thursday, that if he wants, he would remain in senate forever.
The dialogue was organised by the #NotTooYoungToRun movement, a youth group that lobbied for the passage of a new law that reduced the ages of qualification for political offices across the country.
“I’m in total touch with my people and that is why if I want to remain in senate forever, I will,” Mr Ekweremadu reportedly told young aspirants on the platform of PDP.
However, in a statement issued on his official Facebook page, @iamekweremadu, on Friday, the lawmaker said his advice was taken out of context.
Read statement below:
“I read news story by some online media misrepresenting me as boasting that I could be in the Senate forever if I wanted. However, such boastful attitude attributed to me is not in my character. I was only mentoring the youth that they needed to be rooted at the grassroots and relate closely with their immediate constituencies to achieve their political dreams, using myself as an example.”
“My advice was taken out of context. I have always seized opportunities of meeting the youth and other aspiring politicians, who consult me on their political ambitions against the erroneous notion that they must have a godfather in Abuja or the party to succeed in politics.”
“Much as I played a key role in ensuring that the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill succeeded and even wanted 18 years as age qualification to run for office, I have always advised my mentees that it is erroneous to hope to win elections relying only on the fact that they are young.
“I always advise them to start from somewhere, preferably the grassroots and remain with people even when elected. In my case, I served as Chairman of my age grade association at ten and served so many years as the President of my community’s town union before serving as the pioneer Chairman of my Local Government Area (LGA), etc.”