Forgery: Stop Invoking Tribal Sentiments, APC Tells Ekweremadu
The Enugu state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday advised the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, to face his court trial over alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Rules Book and stop whipping up tribal sentiments.
The party also accused Ekweremadu of attempting to rubbish the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari before the international community following his written communication to various international bodies including the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU) and the United States Congress over his arraignment at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The Enugu APC also rose in defence of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, for his refusal to honour the invitation of the Senate's Committee on Judiciary to explain his role in the forgery suit against Saraki, Ekweremadu and two others contending that doing such would have amounted to succumbing to intimidation from the Senate.
Ekweremadu had written the international community in the wake of the arraignment of Senate President, Bukola Saraki himself and two others by the federal government, warning that Nigeria's democracy was under theat and as such needed urgent intervention of world bodies.
The lawmaker, who represents Enugu West Senatorial district at the National Assembly, raised the alarm over what he described as attempt to truncate Nigeria's democracy and silence him as the leader and highest ranking member of the opposition party in Nigeria.
The Enugu APC chairman, Dr Ben Nwoye, who stated this while briefing reporters at the party's Secretariat at GRA, Enugu, said the action of the Deputy Senate President was totally uncalled for, noting that the law must be allowed to take its full course no matter "how highly or lowly placed, the persons involved are.
"Calling on UN to Intervene on the forgery amounts to ceeding our sovereignty to foreign nations. The CIA director and many US senators and government officials were over the years indicted and convicted, did they write to Nigeria?.
"Some of the officials pleaded guilty and resigned and never wrote to any foreign country including Nigeria. Those involved should face trial and stop invoking tribal, religious and ethnic sentiments.
" We want to advise them to stop heating up the polity. Afterall there are millions of Nigeria who are facing different trials like rape, murder, corruption charges among others. Have they written the international community for interventions?. We don't want a situation where the law of the land would be for a selected few" Nwoye stated.
On the invitation extended to the Attorney General of the Federation to shed light on the arraignment of Saraki, Ekweremadu and others, the party said it was equally wrong for the Senate to have invited Malami to come and explain a matter already before the court, noting that if it had been an issue bothering on their oversight functions, then the AGF would attend.
Nwoye dismissed insinuations in some quarters that the charges against Saraki, Ekweremadu and two others amounted to the executive prying into the internal affairs of another arm of government, explaining that "executive did not initiate the action but members of the Senate who felt their rules were forged and needed the judiciary to come in".
He frowned at the manner the Senate treated the representative of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice during his appearance in the senate over the issue, saying since the Attorney General respected the Senate, they should have accorded him respect by listening to his representative.