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A Plot to Completely Eliminate PDP

The recent invitation of the Deputy Senate President by the police seem to be an attempt by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to eliminate the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) completely from governance at the federal level. having edged them out at the March 28th, 2015 general elections which brought APC which used to be a formidable opposition into power.

If you have been following trend of things in the polity especially since the new senate president and deputy senate president for the 8th assembly emerged, you would agree with me that the deputy senate president is the only substantial position that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) holds.

Also, after the June 9th 2015 straw election at the Senate, which brought Senator Bukola Saraki and Senator Ike Ekweremadu into power as the senate president and deputy senate president respectively, There has been crises rocking the house as aggrieved APC lawmakers and party faithful are still embittered by the fact that their party's supremacy did not prevail at the June 9 elections otherwise their preferred candidacy of Dr Ahmed Lawan and Mr Femi Gbajabiamila would have emerged at the upper and lower chamber respectively. Ever since this development, there has been no peace in the house.

The leadership crisis in the house however took a twist for the worse with the invitation of the deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu by the police for questioning over the rules used to conduct elections on 9 June.

A petition by Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi(Kaduna North), suggested that the rules used for the election of both Senator Bukola Saraki as senate president and Ike Ekweremadu as deputy senate president were forged.

The rules at the end of the 7th Senate early in June, this year clearly spelt out that the election of the principal officers shall be by open ballot. This was the rule, senators who spoke with TheNEWS, said was adopted in 2011 and remained till the end of the life of the 7th Senate.

Senators, old and serving, were surprised when a new rule suddenly emerged to guide the election of some of the officers on 9th of June. One of the senators from Akwa Ibom state, Ita Solomon Enang, who was the chairman of the senate committee on business and rules and who was therefore the custodian of the rules has denied the existence of the 2015 rules. Enang, who is now a member of the All Progressives Congress also petitioned the police that the rules used to conduct the election were forged.

Though the deputy senate president was invited for questioning, police have denied any plan to arrest him. Also, APC has denied involvement in the case. 

Here what they said:

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has nothing to do with the reported police invitation of Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, over which the PDP has released an outlandish statement containing all sorts of imaginary claims.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said it neither wrote a petition to the police nor is it aware that any petition was written against the Deputy Senate President.

”However, if, as the PDP claims, the petition concerns alleged altering of the Senate’s Standing Rules on the process of electing Presiding Officers, that is a clear case of forgery which the police have a duty to investigate. Questioning the right of the police to carry out their duties in this regard amounts to intimidating the security agency.

”Forgery is a crime that is being regularly investigated by the police, and it beggars belief that such investigation will now be interpreted to mean that Nigeria is descending into dictatorship or that democracy and the enjoyment of personal freedoms are now endangered. These claims by the wounded PDP are far fetched and preposterous,” it said.

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