It’s No Coincidence That Ekweremadu Was Invited By EFCC The Same Day Siege Was Laid On His Residence
The All Progressives Congress has been accused by opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, of using state agencies to attack the opposition.
The PDP stated that the move to see that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) quickly conclude the investigation and prosecute key opposition leaders ahead of the 2019 general election, is an evidence that the agencies have been compromised and are being used by the ruling party against their opposition.
Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, in a statement on Sunday said, that the party had noted that it not a coincidence that EFCC’s invitation to Ekweremadu was dated July 24, 2018, the same day that a siege was laid on the residence of Ekweremadu and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in a failed attempt to impeach them.
He said, “The series of interference by the APC in the work of the anti-graft agencies, coupled with the August 7, 2018 siege to the National Assembly by the Department of State Services, confirms a sinister plot by the APC-led administration not only to arrest and detain Saraki and Ekweremadu to illegally remove them, but also to smear and destroy the opposition ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“Being unable to find Ekweremadu wanting in its many probes, the APC now relies on procured cooked-up allegations in a bid to get at him at all costs.
“Is it not ironical that the same government, that was quick to explain that a serving military officer bought his Dubai property from his savings, does not think that a former Local Government Chairman, former Chief of Staff to a Governor, former Secretary to Enugu State Government, Senator since 2003, Deputy Senate President since 2007, former Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, and owner of a thriving law firm has earned enough legitimate income to invest in real estate.
“While the PDP is not in any way against the war against corruption in our country, we reject the illegal use of the EFCC and the ICPC as political tools by the APC to harass, intimidate and drag down opposition members, in their failed bid to weaken the opposition ahead of the 2019 general elections.”