MasterwebNews 27/9/16: Senate Standing Rule Saga: Stop This Rape of Democracy Now -Ohaneze Youth Wing

[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Being the text of a press release issued by OHANEZE Youth Wing after her emergency general meeting on the continued persecution of the Deputy Senate President by the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration.

 

1. Having considered all the facts of the matter, the OHANEZE youth wing is convinced that the Deputy Senate President- Senator Ike Ekweremadu, CFR, is being persecuted by the Federal Government using the instruments of the Judiciary.
 

All available evidence points to the fact that Ekweremadu's prosecution nay persecution is politically motivated because he is an Igbo man, belongs to President Buhari’s 5 per cent, he is a member of the opposition party, and emerged, along with the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki against the dictates of those who want to run the National Assembly from their bedrooms.
 

Firstly, neither him nor the Senate President were mentioned anywhere in the report of the police investigation. So, how did they generate their names for prosecution and who did so?
 

Secondly, the principle of fair hearing, a fundamental aspect of our jurisprudence was not adhered to since Ekweremadu and Saraki were never interviewed by the Police till date.
 

2. We are not surprised that the AGF has written the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to conduct further investigation into the matter stating that the investigation was, in his word, “inconclusive”.
 

This then justifies the harsh tone with which the AGF was reprimanded by Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja over what His Lordship termed a “gross abuse of legal process" and “desperate haste” to prosecute the case. He further stated that the prosecution of the duo while a case challenging police investigation into the Senate's affairs was still pending before him was an aberration of justice by the same man that should protect the interest of justice.
 

3.  More importantly Malami, the AGF obviously has a vested interest in the matter since he was the lawyer to the Unity Forum Senators in the so-called forgery matter before his appointment as the AGF.
 

4. Therefore, in the interest of national unity, we demand that the Federal Government refrain from political witch-hunting and ethnic persecution so as to bring everybody together to pull Nigeria out of the doldrums. At this moment when Nigerians are suffering intensely owing to economic recession, there is need for closer collaboration between all arms of Government and bipartisan co-operation borne out of patriotism.  As such, the ruling party- the APC must work with the opposition party-the PDP to move Nigeria forward.
 

5. In the light of the above, we call on Justice    Haliru Yusuf of the FCT High Court to save the Judiciary from further embarrassment, take Justice Kolawole’s ruling into cognizance, and strike out the case for lack of merit and abuse of court process.
 

6. The AGF in particular should desist from bringing his revered Office to disrepute by endlessly shopping for cooked-up evidence to bring down Ekweremadu and Saraki in order to render the legislature toothless.
 

The AGF should honourably resign if he cannot separate his personal interest from national interest and the law. 
 

 Signed:
 

Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro

National President
Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Wing

 

*Photo Caption - Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro

 
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