SPONSORED THUGS CHASE OUT EKWEREMADU FROM FOOTBALL FIELD
An Enugu State Senator and former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu was chased out of a football pitch in Ulunya, Ovoko, Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area of Enugu State, where he kicked-off a match, following the invasion of some suspected thugs.
It was alleged that the thugs were not comfortable that Ike Oha Foundation, owned by Ekweremadu sponsored the football tournament
According to our sources, the thugs arrived the venue of the match, chased away the lawmaker and his entourage and pulled down the goal posts.
Meanwhile, some youths alleged that the thugs were hired by the member representing Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Federal Constituency in the House of the Representatives, Hon. Pat Asadu.
The youths disclosed that they had approached Asadu to sponsor the tournament but he declined, forcing them to seek for Ekweremadu’s financial assistance.
But when contacted, Asadu denied any involvement in the unfortunate incident, saying…. “At my level, there is hardly anything that would happen in Ovoko and the people won’t call my name. I didn’t know that Ekweremadu was coming to my country home. I only read that on social media. How he came and where he went are his personal businesses which he has a right to embark on.
“Anyone alleging that I hired some boys who pulled down the goal posts where he was to kick-off the football match should provide evidence linking me to the incident.
“What I noticed was that there was a football tournament which the vigilante group said they should not play because they noticed the politics and the misgivings involved.
“For the 24 years that the tournament held, this is the first time that the football association is inviting someone from Aninri or Orba or any community outside Ovoko to sponsor it. Therefore, some people were not comfortable with the arrangement and they went to court to obtain an order to stop it”.
When contacted to speak on the incident, the former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu said he would continue to support Ovoko Football Association in order to discover talented footballers from the community
He noted that he would not be distracted in his mission of bringing good governance to the people of the state and
thanked the youths for not giving in to violence.
He further pledged to execute some development projects in Enugu North Senatorial District.