Thursday, 22 March 2018

FIGHT CORRUPTION, LEAVE EKEWEREMMANU ALONE; PDP TELLS FG 



The Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) has tasked the federal
government to fight corruption and stop
hounding members of the opposition
parties, especially its members. 

Ekweremadu The party specifically expressed dismay
at the motion exparte filed by the
Special Presidential Investigation Panel
for the Recovery of Public Property
seeking the forfeiture of assets
allegedly not declared by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike
Ekweremadu. In a statement issued by its National
Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan
on Thursday, the party said that while
the PDP was in full support of any
genuine anti-graft war, the All
Progressives Congress (APC)- led administration’s obsession with
Ekweremadu was another clear
indication that it was not ready to fight
corruption, but rather out to scandalize,
persecute, and bring down its perceived
opponents. It said: “The PDP recalls that this
government rushed to arraign Senator
Ekweremadu and the Senate president,
Dr. Bukola Saraki in 2016 on trumped up
charges of forgery of Senate Standing
Rule, even when there was not even a mention of their names in the
contentious police report or Proof of
Evidence. It eventually withdrew the
charges for lack of merit. “The police raided and ransacked
Senator Ekweremadu’s official guest
house in Abuja in May 2017 and blamed
it on false whistle blowers, whom they
charged to court. Nothing has been
heard about the trial of the alleged false whistle blowers again. “In the current matter, apart from
relying on an obsolete law to dabble
into the roles of the Code of Conduct
Bureau, we are not surprised that the
Panel could not carry out a thorough and
independent investigation on the purported property of the Senator, but
relied on a petition by the former Chief
Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent
Umezulike, who is standing corruption
trial in several courts, after his removal
from office by the National Judicial Council (NJC) in 2017. “We recall that the senator accused
Umezulike and some politicians of
stealing and doctoring his will, inserting
non-existent properties or properties
that had nothing to do with him. “It is also instructive that this calculated
smear campaign is in the guise of
forfeiture of phantom assets came on
the heels of Senator Ekweremadu’s
alarm and scathing criticism of the APC-
led administration over the nation’s deteriorating democracy and in the
midst of the ongoing executive-
legislature face-off, in which a ranking
senator of the APC extraction identified
Ekweremadu as a pillar of support to
the Senate President”. The PDP also said that contrary to the
Federal Government’s claims, Senator
Ekweremadu had assured it that he
declared his assets. “This government and party have a wet
appetite for prosecution and media trial
of the opposition while investigation is
on, but refuses to prosecute its
members and friends indicted by even
its own presidential or ministerial panels.“While members of the
opposition are taken to court on
stretchers, the former Secretary to the
Government of the Federation, Babachir
Lawal, indicted by both the Senate and
a presidential panel only got a pat on the back. “The APC Federal Government has failed
to prosecute those involved in the
Ikoyigate scandal, and the recall of
fugitive Abdulrasheed Maina, among
others. “Ekweremadu is a major symbol of the
opposition.

 We believe that this is part
of the grand plan to strangulate the PDP
ahead of the 2019 elections and we will
resist” it added.
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