24 hours after the Nigerian Attorney General carried Deputy Senate President Ekweremadu along with embattled Senate President Bukola Saraki to court over the alleged forgery of Senate rules in their election, the Senate Vice Presisident has written Y+US and other foreign bodies wailing over his impending possible incarceration.
The Senate Vice President never wrote the US when his former party leader and President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was diverting national security funds and aiding Boko Haram kill tens of thousands of innocent Nigerians.
Ekweremadu never wrote the US government when the former government was looting billions and emptying Nigeria’s reserves plunging the nation into a recession. But as soon as the axe pointed to him, he has swiftly written the UN, US Congress, UK, EU and others alleging a threat to Nigeria’s democracy.
Ekweremadu in his letter called for intervention of the United Nations, Us Congress, United Kingdom, European Union Parliament and foreign missions, saying a powerful institution as the National Assembly was being ridiculed and rubbished by President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
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The two-page letter titled: “Re: Trumped up charges against the presiding officers of the 8th Senate: Nigerian Democracy is in Grave Danger,” attached copies of the court summons and other documents relating to the matter.
The Deputy Senate President was docked on Monday alongside three others at an FCT high court in Abuja over forgery of the Senate Rule.
He insisted that neither his name nor that of the President of the Senate, featured in the petition filed by the aggrieved members of the Senate Unity Forum (SUF) or during the investigation of the petition by the police.
According to Ekweremadu, the trial was “borne out of political vendetta.”
The letter reads in part: “I wish to forward to you the court summons containing the trumped up charges preferred against my person; the President of the Senate, His Excellency, Senator Bukola Saraki, CON; and two others.
“I also wish to appeal to you to kindly find time to read through the annexures- petition by members of the Senate Unity Forum, statements by persons interrogated, and the police report- to see if our appeared anywhere in these documents.
“You may, thereafter, judge for yourself whether the Federal Government, acting through the Attorney-General of the Federation, has any justification whatsoever to generate our names for trial. The list of the accused persons appear to have been politically generated because you cannot by the documents attached, relate any of our names to the offence for which we are now being charged.
“Moreover, the rules and principles of fair hearing have not been adhered to because the police have not interacted with me or the President of the Senate as at the time of writing this letter.
“You may also wish to judge for yourself whether this trial orchestrated against me is not a political trial, calculated to witch-hunt, barefaced intimidation, and a clear attempt to emasculate the parliament and silence me as the leader and highest ranking member of the opposition in Nigeria.
“Meanwhile, it could also be recalled that an attempt was made on my life on November 17, 2015. The Nigerian security agencies did nothing, even though the incident was duly reported.
This is for your information and reflection”.