From: Madui Ezenoha, Enugu
Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Thursday cautioned the presidency and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to desist from carrying out the alleged plot to invade the homes of the Deputy President of the
Senate, DSP, Ike Ekweremadu with the intention of arresting, detaining and removing him from office.
President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Enugu State Chapter, Chief Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, gave the warning in Enugu while addressing some journalists on the development, saying that such gamble might unnecessarily heat up the polity.
The Deputy Senate President, Ekweremadu had on the floor of the Senate during Wednesday’s plenary raised the alarm over alleged plan by the presidency and the anti-graft agency to plant money and ammunition in
any of his houses as a decoy to execute a search warrant and get him arrested and put him away in a grand plot to remove him as the DSP.
But in a quick reaction same day, the EFCC, denied any such plot saying that the senator should not lose sleep if his hands are clean.
However, the President of Enugu chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo stated, “a plot to plant huge amounts of foreign currencies and firearms in the residence of the Deputy Senate President and use that as guise to arrest and detain him. Even when the EFCC has denied such plot, we have reasons to believe that such plot is feasible going by
the sequence of events that has taken place since June 2015”.
Continuing, the group said, “the denial by the EFCC notwithstanding, we wish to warn, in the strongest terms possible, that the Enugu State Chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo will not sit idly by and watch our son being maligned; oppressed or ridiculed by the Presidency or the EFCC.
In the event of this plot being put into action, the people of Enugu State will mobilize in their numbers to resist such barefaced blackmail.
“We are not unmindful of the fact that this plot gained currency with Senator Ekweremadu’s role in perfecting the bail conditions of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB), who was granted bail recently with stringent conditions. For the avoidance of doubt, Senator Ekweremadu did what he was supposed to do in the
circumstance as a firm believer in the rule of law and justice. May we reiterate our strong resolve to resist any plot against Ike Ekweremadu in the manner that has been revealed. A word is enough for the wise”.
He recalled that the Presidency has made several moves to pull Senator Ekweremadu down and remove him from office especially after his emergence as the Deputy Senate President in the 8th Senate.
“Soon after his election as the Deputy Senate President, the Presidency accused him of forgery and eventually arraigned him before a judge in Abuja on trumped up charges of forgery. The Deputy Senate President was eventually discharged and acquitted of all the charges.
Soon after this, hired assassins breached the convoy of the Senator with intent to assassinate him.
“Though this matter was officially reported to the security agencies as well as the Presidency, the matter was swept under the carpet. Till date, neither has any arrest been made in connection with the assassination attempt nor any official statement been issued by the government. We are also not oblivious of the fact that the Presidency
has sponsored several media attacks on the person and office of the Deputy Senate President all in a bid to give a dog a bad name and hang it.
The Ohanaeze chieftain reiterated that “it is in view of the foregoing events that we take seriously the recent revelation by an impeccable source of this grand plot by the presidency and the EFCC to plant exhibits in the residence of the revered Senator with the intention of framing him up and bringing him to national and international disrepute.
“We wish to point out that throughout his public service career till date, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has distinguished himself as a beacon of excellence, hope, accountability, probity and transparency in Nigeria as well as a role model for millions of Nigerians irrespective of political affiliations, religion or tribe. Since his emergence as a political leader Sen. Ekweremadu has never been indicted publicly or privately for financial malfeasance or any form of ill conduct.”