Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy president of the 8th Senate, says he is still a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr Ekweremadu stated this in reaction to reports that he was planning to leave the PDP due to some ill-treatments meted out to him.
The top lawmaker who has been in the party since 1998, is said to be angry with his party because of the manner the party chosed its vice presidential candidate without considering or consulting him. He is reported to have lobbied to be running mate to Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate.
Mr Abubakar who defeated 12 constants to clinch the ticket of the party picked former Anambra governor, Peter Obi, as his running mate.
“I am presently out of the country on a prescheduled engagement,” Me Ekweremadu said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
“In the past 24 hours, I have been inundated with calls from friends and political associates seeking clarification on the rumours of my departure from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which has dominated the media.
“Let it be known that my path in politics is in the hands of the Almighty God, who has indeed been very faithful and gracious to me. I’m very grateful to God for this.
“My vision in politics is a system that works for everybody, a social and political environment where everybody, every section, and every tribe not only counts, but is also seen to count. As leaders, we must be mindful of this, for any system built on anything less will not endure.
“I am grateful to you – members of my family, my friends, political associates, and admirers across Nigeria and beyond – for your uncommon concern. I am indeed humbled by your kind words of solidarity and support.
“Please, rest assured that I am still in the PDP.”