- Osita Okechukwu, the director general of VON, is vying for the Senate against Ike Ekweremadu in 2019
- Ekweremadu's aide reportedly attacked Okechukwu for saying he wants to unseat Ekweremadu in 2019
- The Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) says even within the PDP, there is a clamour to remove Ekweremadu
The Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), Enugu branch has slammed Luke Mgbo, the media aide to deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, for allegedly attacking Osita Okechukwu, director general of the Voice of Nigeria (VON).
Daily Sun reports that Okechukwu, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), announced his interest to contest for the Enugu West senatorial seat in 2019 against Ekweremadu, who wants to return to the upper chamber.
A statement by the BSO secretary, Godwin Onwusi, accused Luke Mgbo of misrepresenting Okechukwu.
The statement said: “In the first instance, Mgboh gave the impression that Osita Okechukwu said he would retire Senator Ike Ekweremmadu from politics.
“This is far from what Okechukwu said. In the statement released by Okechukwu which is still in the public domain, what he said was that he wants to retire Senator Ekweremmadu from the senate, not from politics.
“There is no denying the fact that Ekweremmadu, having stayed in the Senate for 16 years, is due for retirement from the senate, so that he can pursue other higher positions in the polity.
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“This is more so considering that he comes from Enugu West Senatorial Zone with abundant human resources.
“Even within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the clamour to retire him from the Senate is popular.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Osita Okechukwu, director general of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) and ardent supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, recently faulted Igbo leaders for rejecting the ceding of the presidency to Ndigbo in 2023.
He disclosed his position following a call by the Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT) group, an umbrella of Igbo statesmen intelligentsia led by Professor Ben Nwabueze, for a pursuit of restructuring of the country other than producing a president of Igbo extraction, Vanguard reports.
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