- Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, an aide of President Buhari, is seeking to contest the Enugu West senatorial seat
- The seat is currently occupied by deputy Senate president Ike Ekweremadu
- Nwagwu is running on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC)
Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, the special assistant to the president on justice reform, and national coordinator, Open Government Partnership (OGP), has declared her intention to contest for the Enugu West senatorial seat.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, who occupies the Enugu West seat at the Senate, is seeking re-election on the platform of the People Democratic Party (PDP).
Ibekaku-Nwagwu, who is contesting on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), told newsmen in Enugu on Thursday, September 13, that she submitted her nomination form in Abuja on Wednesday.
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According to her, the decision to vie for the position is in obedience to the clarion call by youths, women, men and other interest groups in the senatorial zone.
She said that her people had complained incessantly of the negative impact of Ekweremadu’s representation on the area.
“In the 16 years of his representation, no meaningful infrastructural development can be equated to the quantum of funds that was purportedly expended as constituency funds on the zone," she alleged.
Ibekaku-Nwagwu said she accepted the call by her people from the five local government areas – Aninri, Agwu, Ezeagu, Oji River and Udi - to fill the leadership vacuum.
“My people are hard-working and from a senatorial zone that is endowed with natural resources; they deserve the best.
“All they yearn for is the provision of the basic necessities of life that will create the enabling environment to bring out the best in them," the president’s aide said.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) reacted to the alleged defection of Speaker Yakubu Dogara to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); saying that the lawmaker has no political value to be considered a loss.
In an interview on Thursday morning, September 13, the party’s spokesperson, Yakubu Nabena, said: “It is not a surprise to us, we already know that he has been working with the PDP.”
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