Enugu Peoples Forum has faulted the position of Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu’s leter to global leaders, calling the attention of the international community to the trial.
In his letter, Ekweremadu described the action as endangering democracy and that the forgery charges against him and Senate President, Bukola Saraki and two others were false.
Reacting to the claim by the Enugu State APC that the sovereignty of Nigeria was being threatened by the letter, the group maintained that the country is not only a member of a global village, but is also, a beneficiary of the generosity of the international community.
In a statement jointly signed by the leaders of the group in the three senatorial districts of the state, namely Okey Ozoani, Frank Anioma, and Martin Oloto, the group said unlike the APC, which sold lies to the world and sabotaged the war against insurgency through arms sales blockade, Ekweremadu has acted responsibly as a former Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament.
The forum wondered “why Enugu APC, which had kept mute all along in the face of alleged incessant maiming and killings by marauding herdsmen as well as the mowing of unarmed young protesters in the South East has suddenly found its voice…”
Insisting that the endangerment of democracy in Nigeria holds grave consequences for Africa, the Forum added: “Democracy is endangered when the executive refuses to obey court orders; when virtually every election, especially in the strongholds of the opposition, is rendered inconclusive; when the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) abuses his office and court process for partisan and other vested interests; when the AGF defies parliamentary summons and joint resolutions of the National Assembly; and worst of all, when we go back to the military days of trumped-up charges against people who hold dissenting views with the aim of taking over the parliament, which is the symbol of democracy”.
The EPF emphasized that whereas Ekweremadu merely called the attention and reflection of the international community on the state of the nation, it would go farther by “requesting the international community, which has invested so much in enthroning and sustaining Nigeria’s democracy to take steps to arrest the drift of the nation’s democracy”.
The group said the people of South-East have never had it so bad since the end of the civil war, describing the Enugu APC leadership as “desperate job seekers and insufferable hypocrites” working against the larger Igbo interest.
The Forum, however, advised them not to hope for a better treatment than other party leaders in the region considered to have given the present administration only five percent of its winning votes.
They listed Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, Chief Chris Ngige, Prof Anthony Onwuka, and Mr. Osita Okechukwu as APC chieftains of South East extraction who ended up with mere third class ministries, junior minister, and a moribund parastatal despite their well-known contributions to the success of the APC.
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