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APC Plotting To Eliminate Our Leaders –PDP

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 at 12:04 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Rotimi Akinwumi, Ignatius Okorocha (Abuja), Emmanuel Nzomiwu, Enugu and Temidayo Akinsuyi, Lagos

Having being outsmarted in the June 9 National Assembly leadership elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Sunday, said it has discovered a plot against the life of Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and other opposition leaders, by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

APC-vs-PDP1Briefing newsmen at the party’s national secretariat, PDP spokesman, Olisa Metuh, is willing to swear that there is indeed a threat to the lives of key opposition leaders in the country.

According to him: “In the last few weeks, key PDP members have become an endangered, for playing their opposition role in providing constructive criticisms to the ruling party in their apparent lack of capacity to get organised and form a government; their interference in the activities of the National Assembly and the demand for the implementation of their campaign promises to Nigerians.

“As we address you today, some key leaders of our party have been under threat since the emergence of the leadership of the National Assembly which did not go the way of the leadership of the APC, particularly, the election of PDP’s Senator Ike Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President.”

He specifically said Ekwerenmadu has come under forms of intimidation and blackmail, stressing that leaders of the ruling party “have not hidden their bitterness and resentment towards Senator Ekweremadu whose offence is the privilege of being elected by his colleagues (APC and PDP senators alike) as Deputy Senate President in line with the Standing Rules of the Senate and the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Metuh said: “Information available to us indicates that there are also plans to compromise security around the Deputy Senate President to make him vulnerable and open for sponsored violent attacks.

“We do hope that the era of political assassination is not about to return to Nigeria and that our nation will not descent into a draconian regime where a strike force is created to hunt key opposition figures” he said.

The APC plans to embarrass Ekwerenmadu, using the police, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the judiciary and thereafter go for the kill, he added.

The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, he continued, has commenced the first leg of the plot by inviting the Deputy Senate President over cooked up allegations, for which he is billed to appear today, “as a build up to incarcerate him, create a vacuum in the Senate and pave way for the imposition of APC preferred senator to take over his position.

“We are aware that some APC senators opposed to the emerge of Senators Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu as Senate President and Deputy Senate President respectively, met last week and concocted a petition accusing the Deputy Senate President of altering the Senate Rules on the process of election of the Presiding Officers, upon which the police, via a letter dated July 1, 2015 and signed by the Deputy Inspector General in charge of criminal investigation at the Force Headquarters has invited him to appear tomorrow, Monday, July 6, 2015 where he will be detained and put under pressure.

“Also, apart from plans to use security apparatus against the Deputy Senate President, we have information that there are instructions to certain officials at the now National Electoral Commission to alter some electoral documents and records in order to create the impression that Senator Ekweremadu did not file proper documents for the general elections to eventually pave way for his removal.

“In line with the above plot, the APC has been having secret meetings with some judges and lawyers to procure injunctions to prevent Senator Ekweremadu from playing his role as the Deputy Senate President.”

Metuh said the government and APC leaders should be held responsible, should any harm come to Ekwerenmadu or “any of our party leaders for that matter.”

But in a statement on Sunday evening, the APC denied responsibility for Ekweremadu’s invitation by the Police, over which “the PDP has released an outlandish statement containing all sorts of imaginary claims.”

APC’s pokesman, Lai Mohammed, said the party neither wrote a petition to the police nor was aware that any petition was written against the Deputy Senate President.

For him, “however, if, as the PDP claims, the petition concerns alleged altering of the Senate’s Standing Rules on the process of electing Presiding Officers, that is a clear case of forgery which the police have a duty to investigate.

“Questioning the right of the police to carry out their duties in this regard amounts to intimidating the security agency.

“Forgery is a crime that is being regularly investigated by the police, and it beggars belief that such investigation will now be interpreted to mean that Nigeria is descending into dictatorship or that democracy and the enjoyment of personal freedoms are now endangered.

“These claims by the scaremongering PDP are far-fetched and preposterous.”

The party also argued that if indeed there is a petition against Senator Ekweremadu, he should gladly heed the invitation by the police so he can clear his name, adding that no one is above the law.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has repeatedly said that at every point, the law must be supreme and everyone must respect the law, if the nation’s democratic system is to survive.

“Extrapolating a police invitation of anyone, no matter his status, to mean the onset of dictatorship is itself an invitation to lawlessness and anarchy, which permeated the long but ineffective rule of the PDP.”

Reacting to the alleged invitation to the Deputy Senate President, Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Abayomi Shogunle told Channels Television in an interview on Sunday night that no senator has been invited by police. Instead, he said it was the Clerk of the National Assembly that was written, based based on petition by some senators to clarify issues.

Despite this denials by the APC, premier Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo rose from its meeting on Sunday, with a warning that those fighting the third-time Deputy Senate President, are fighting the entire Igbo nation.

While conferring the Ekwerenmadu with the title of Onunekwuru Ndigbo (the mouthpiece of Ndigbo) at his Enugu residence, the group congratulated him on his re-election in the 2015 general elections and triumphant return as Deputy Senate President.

Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Enugu State, Eric Ebe Ebe, said Ekwerenmadu’s emergence “means that your services are mostly needed and has no doubt rekindled hope in our members in view of your exposure, hardwork, experience, track records in public service through your Infrastructure Development and people oriented programme since you were elected to the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2013.

“The purpose of this visit is not only to celebrate you on your enviable position, but also to affirm our stand that Ohanaeze Ndigbo Enugu State is strongly behind you spiritually and physically. Any opposition against you is opposition against Ndigbo and Ohanaeze will stand by you through thick and thin. Such opposition can never see the light of the day because Ndigbo is part and parcel of this country and has equal constitutional right with other geo-political regions,” Ebe said.