By Alex Agbo
The new Deputy Senate President (DSP), Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has said the decision of majority of the people of South-East to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party was a decision they are proud of.
He said given another opportunity, the people will vote in the same manner.
Speaking on arrival at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, where a mammoth crowd of supporters and political allies gathered to receive him, Ekweremadu said he decided to take another shot at the position of Deputy Senate President when it appeared the people of the South-East were about to be sidelined in the new dispensation.
He advised the All Progressives Congress administration of President Muhamadu Buhari to accommodate all Nigerians irrespective of party and ethnic inclinations.
The Deputy Senate President urged fellow senators and indeed all political office holders to settle down for business to deliver dividends of democracy to Nigerians as days of politics were over.
“We have no regret. Igbo have no regret for the way they voted; if they have the opportunity tomorrow, they will do it again. We are convinced we voted rightly, and because we believe we are part and parcel of this country, we believe what we got is within our right.
“So we expect that APC should be able to accommodate the people of South-South as they form their government, because don’t forget that Buhari got about 15 million votes; we have more than 150 million Nigerians, so he is not the President of 15 million people; the rest of the people must be accommodated,” Ekweremadu said.
“In fact, that was why when we saw that it appears that South-East and South-South were being marginalised in the scheme of things, we decided to take a shot so that our people will be part and parcel of government, so that every part of Nigeria will have a sense of belonging,” he added.