Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has written to the United Nations, United States’ Congress, European Union (EU) Parliament, governments of United States, United Kingdom and other foreign missions, over what he described as an attempt to truncate Nigeria’s democracy and silence him as the leader and highest ranking member of the opposition in the country, all in the name of prosecuting an alleged forgery case.
In a 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 sighted by this paper, Ekweremadu, who attached copies of the court summons, and other relevant documents, relating to the matter, to his letter, wants the international community, to after perusing the facts before them, decide whether or not the trial was justified, or one purely borne out of political vendetta.
While insisting that neither his name nor that of the President of the Senate featured either in the petition by the aggrieved members of the Senate Unity Forum (SUF) or during the investigation of the petition by the police, the Deputy President of the Senate, further 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 marginalization of the South East and South-South geopolitical zones of Nigeria, does not constitute a grave danger to the nation’s hard-won democracy.”
The letter reads in part: “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 we 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 at 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, barefaced 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 would 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.
Originally posted 2016-06-29 09:01:08.