By Emeka Mamah
Enugu—The Enugu State chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC, yesterday berated the Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu for writing the international community over the alleged forgery trial against him and other members of the Senate.
State Chairman of the party, Dr. Ben Nwoye who spoke in an interview with newsmen, wondered why the deputy senate president should take an internal matter of a sovereign nation to foreign lands, adding that the action was aimed at impeding the judicial process as well as tarnishing the image of the APC led government.
According to him, no indicted citizen of any foreign country had ever written to the Nigerian government to intervene in their matter.
“Calling on UN to intervene on his matter amounts to ceding 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,” he said.
Ekweremadu, had written to the United Nations, European Union, EU, Unites States Congress and United Kingdom among others alerting them of the imminent threat to Nigerian democracy by the Federal Government, following what he described as attempts to intimidate the National Assembly in a bid to change its leadership, thereby truncating Nigeria’s democracy. He was worried also that the government was trying to silence him as the leader and highest ranking member of the opposition in the country.
Nwoye, further frowned at the manner senators treated the representative of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice during his appearance in the senate over the matter, saying that the senators should have accorded him respect by listening to him.
He further said that senators as people who make laws for the country should have subjected themselves to the law no matter whose ox was gored, pointing out that there were millions of Nigerians who were facing different trials for offences like rape, corruption, among others, but have never written the international community for intervention.
“We don’t want a situation where the law of the land would be for a select few,” Nwoye further added, just as he berated officials of the Enugu State government, who travelled to Abuja to show solidarity with Ekweremadu the day he was arraigned in court, describing such action as shameful.