Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has said he will quit the Senate in 2023.
Speaking during the celebration of his 57th birthday in Enugu on Sunday, Ekweremadu said he will not seek re-election after his new term which begins June 2019.
The number two man in the senate who has been in the red chambers since 2003 will this be tied on 20 straight years as the longest serving Senator along with former Senate President, David Mark.
According to him, it was time to quit the legislature, adding that his remaining time in the NASS would afford him time to complete ongoing projects in his constituency.
He said that a new breed politician with shared visions would take over from him at the expiration of the fifth term.
Ekweremadu said that his 16 years sojourn in the NASS had been immensely beneficial to his constituents as it had been a harvest of projects.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his support through the various projects being executed in his constituency.
Ekweremadu, who traced his political evolution from his time as president general of his town union, said that his political career had not always been smooth.
He said that his life had been a product of divine grace having passed through political persecution and vicissitude of life.
“I have been scorched and bruised and in all of these, God protected me. This will be my last time as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.
Ekweremadu said that he may have offended some people in the course of his political career, adding that such people should forgive him.
Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion, Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma described the lawmaker as a perfect gentleman.
Chukwuma said that Ekweremadu had provided leadership at all levels of his political life.
NAN further reports that the occasion also marked the 25th wedding anniversary of the lawmaker with his wife, Mrs Nwanneka Ekweremadu.