Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Igbo Group Slams APC Senators Over Ekweremadu’s Life

A socio-political organization based in Enugu state, Greater Awgu Forum, has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress has not hidden its hatred for and determination to unseat the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, not minding the fact that he had emerged constitutionally.

Speaking on the unfortunate assassination attempt on the number two senator, the forum warned that it will not fold its arms and watch, should anything untoward befall the senator, Vangaurd reports.

The Enugu forum lamented the continuous vested interests which have heated up the polity and prompting aggrieved main opposition party’s move which culminated in the latest attempt on his life.

Speaking further, the group’s national president, Chiedozie Ogbonnia, said: “Despite the fact that Ekweremadu emerged constitutionally, transparently and credibly, the All Progressives Congress, has neither hidden their hatred for the senator nor their declared determination to remove him.

“The APC has also deployed various means including unsubstantiated allegation of forgery of Senate standing rule 2015, lawsuit etc. in a desperate bid to dislodge him. Some APC senators demonstrated the height of spite, hate and parliamentary irresponsibility when they staged a walkout on Senator Ekweremadu while he presided over the Senate on Wednesday, November 11.

“They also issued a statement where they vowed to ‘cease to attend any sitting presided over by the PDP in an APC majority chamber of the 8th Senate.’

“Ekweremadu was elected with an overwhelming mandate of his people and enjoys the confidence of his colleagues on account of which he was re-elected the deputy president of the Senate for a record third time.”

The group stressed that eliminating Ekweremadu by ‘all means,’ including assassination, wass grave and counter-productive noting that such approach holds complex consequences for Nigeria’s political stability and corporate existence.

The Igbo group further urged the federal government and its security agencies, specifically directing it to the police and the Department of State Services, to immediately unravel those behind the dastardly act, stating that it will not accept the “traditional lame-duck and lackadaisical” approach to investigations in an assassination attempt on the deputy president of the Senate.

Meanhile, the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has dissociated himself from the N60 billion arms deal involving the immediate past national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki.  Online medium, Sahara Reporters had published the news linking the Senate president with fraudulent arms deal.