The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has called for the swift intervention of the United Nations, US congress, European Union, the United Kingdom and other foreign missions, over “an attempt to truncate Nigeria’s democracy.”
Ike Ekweremadu said the move was allegedly aimed at silencing him as the leader and the highest ranking member of the opposition in the country, in the name of prosecuting an alleged forgery case.
Ike Ekweremadu stated this in his two-page letter, titled, “Re: Trumped up Charges Against the Presiding Officers of the 8th Senate: Nigerian Democracy is in Grave Danger,” a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent in Abuja.
He attached copies of the court summons, and other relevant documents, relating to the matter, to his letter.
Ike Ekweremadu asked the international community, to after perusing the facts before them, decided whether or not the trial was justified, or whether it was purely borne out of political vendetta.
Ekweremadu insisted that neither his name nor that of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, featured either in the petition by the aggrieved members of the Senate Unity Forum or during the investigation of the petition by the police and the Deputy President of the Senate.
He said, “You may further wish to judge for yourself whether this unfolding scenario, coupled with the clampdown on the opposition, such as targeted arrests and indefinite detention of opposition figures and dissenting voices in spite of court pronouncements and in clear violation of the Nigerian constitution, as well as the sustained marginalisation of the South-East and the South-South geopolitical zones of Nigeria, does not constitute a grave danger to the nation’s hard-won democracy.
“I wish to forward to you the court summons containing the trumped up charges preferred against my person; the President of the Senate, His Excellency, Senator Bukola Saraki, CON; and two others.
“I also wish to appeal to you to kindly find time to read through the annexures – petition by members of the Senate Unity Forum, statements by persons interrogated, and the police report – to see if our names appeared anywhere in these documents.”
You may, thereafter, judge for yourself whether the Federal Government, acting through the Attorney General of the Federation, has any justification whatsoever to generate our names for trial.
“The list of the accused persons appear to have been politically-generated because you cannot by the documents attached, relate any of our names to the offence for which we are now being charged.”
Moreover, the rules and principles of fair hearing have not been adhered to because the police have not interacted with me or the President of the Senate as of the time of writing this letter.
“You may also wish to judge for yourself whether this trial orchestrated against me is not a political trial, calculated witch-hunt, bare-faced intimidation, and a clear attempt to emasculate the parliament and silence me as the leader and highest ranking member of the opposition in Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, it could also be recalled that an attempt was made on my life on November 17, 2015. The Nigerian security agencies did nothing, even though the incident was duly reported. This is for your information and reflection.”