Posted by News Express | 5 July 2015 | 2,642 times
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it has nothing to do with the reported invitation of Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu by the police – contrary to the claims of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
APC in a statement issued this evening in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, 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,” APC said.
“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 scaremongering PDP are far-fetched and preposterous,” the party added.
APC said if indeed there is a petition against Senator Ekweremadu, he should gladly heed the invitation by the police so he can clear his name, adding that no one is above the law.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has repeatedly said that at every point, the law must be supreme and everyone must respect the law, if the nation’s democratic system is to survive. Extrapolating a police invitation of anyone, no matter his status, to mean the onset of dictatorship is itself an invitation to lawlessness and anarchy, which permeated the long but ineffective rule of the PDP,” the party said.
•Photo shows Lai Mohammed.
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