The Enugu State chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has warned of the consequences of any plot against Senate Deputy President Ike Ekeremadu by the Presidency and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu State, Chief Alex Ogbonnia who stated this in a statement he signed himself said that the group will not sit idly by and watch their son being maligned, oppressed or ridiculed by the Presidency or the EFCC.
The warning is coming despite EFCC’s denial of hatching any plot to plant implicating materials in the House of Ekweremadu in order to nail him to a crime, as recently alleged by the senator.
Ekweremadu had in his claim said that the Federal Government was plotting to use the EFCC to carry out the evil intention against him, with the aim of removing him from the Senate.
But Ogbonnia said in the statement, that, “The denial by the EFCC notwithstanding, we wish to warn, in the strongest terms possible, that the Enugu State Chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo will not sit idly by and watch our son being maligned; oppressed or ridiculed by the Presidency or the EFCC.
‘We are not unmindful of the fact that this plot gained currency with Senator Ekweremadu’s role in perfecting the bail conditions of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who was granted bail recently with stringent conditions.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Senator Ekweremadu did what he was supposed to do in the circumstance as a firm believer in the rule of law and justice.”
Ogbonnia, who recalled the court move against Ekweremadu over forgery of the Senate Standing rules by the Federal Government, which was later withdrawn, alleged that several moves had been made by the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress government to pull the senator down since his emergence as the deputy Senate president in the 8th Senate.
“Soon after his election as the Deputy Senate President, the Presidency accused him of forgery and eventually arraigned him before a judge in Abuja on trumped up charges of forgery. The Deputy Senate President was eventually discharged and acquitted of all the charges. Soon after this, hired assassins breached the convoy of the Senator with intent to assassinate him.
“Though this matter was officially reported to the security agencies as well as the Presidency, the matter was swept under the carpet. Till date, neither has any arrest been made in connection with the assassination attempt nor any official statement been issued by the government.
“It is in view of the foregoing events that we take seriously the recent revelation by an impeccable source on this grand plot by the presidency and the EFCC to plant exhibits in the residence of the revered Senator with intent of framing him up and bringing him to national and international disrepute,” he said.