OrderPaperToday – Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu has opened up on his ‘house arrest’ by the security operatives on Tuesday.
Recall that on Tuesday morning, the Police and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) laid siege to the houses of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy.
However, Saraki was able to escape and make it to the red chamber, an attempt allegedly to save him from ‘planned impeachment.’
Ekweremadu on the other hand was blocked for over six hours.
In statement released by his Special Adviser, Uche Anichikwu on Wednesday, Ekweremadu expressed fear for Nigeria’s democracy.
According to him, he had prior knowledge of the massive defection but the APC in “their anticipation” tried to stop them.
He explained further: “When that didn’t happen, the first thing they did was invite President of the Senate to come to the Police this morning. They believed that once the President of the Senate goes to the Police, I would be the one to preside and probably give effect to the letter of defection.
“In anticipation of that, the Police, EFCC, and other security agencies came together, about 200 of them, to stop me from going to the National Assembly. They said I should come to the EFCC to give explanation over the things I was accused of. I agreed to follow them even though there was no prior invitation, but they were not eager to let me go to answer the invitation.
“The plan was to stop me and the President of the Senate from going to the National Assembly. Unfortunately for them, the President of the Senate was already at the Senate to preside over the plenary session”.
He criticized the action saying, “this is not good for democracy. We must respect the law, respect institutions because that is the only way we can make progress as a nation. This is total embarrassment to our nation. I hope this will not happen again”.
Ekweremadu said whoever advised the executive on the siege to his residence and that of the President of Senate was an enemy of both the current administration and the nation’s democracy.
“Those advising the President should advise him correctly. As a result of this occurrence, Senate had to go on recess when there are outstanding issues to attend to. Nigerians are loosing. Whoever is behind this is not a good friend of Nigeria”, he reiterated.