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Siege: Plot to impeach me and Saraki – Ekweremadu

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The Deputy Senate President , Ike Ekweremadu , on Friday revealed that the security siege on his home and that of Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday , was actually plotted to impeach him and Saraki in their absence .He disclosed that plans had been hatched to impeach him and the senate president by “ a tiny number” of senators .

Ekweremadu spoke at his Enugu residence when his supporters from the Enugu West Senatorial District and other members of the Peoples Democratic Party came to welcome him from Abuja .

He said , “ They wanted to remove us with a tiny number – what they wanted was to remove us and stop the defections .

“ The earlier that we admit that this is democracy , the better for all of us . You can ’ t use military tactics in a democracy . ”

Shedding light on what transpired at the National Assembly , Ekweremadu maintained that it was an attempt to impeach him and Senate President, Bukola Saraki , in a bid to stop the defections of some the All Progressives Congress senators .

Ekweremadu warned that democratic governance in Nigeria was being threatened by the actions of the President Muhammadu Buhari – led Federal Government .

He added that there was an ongoing struggle to sustain democratic rule in Nigeria .

“ What happened in Abuja was a major assault on democracy and this is the second time it has happened . The struggle we are involved in now is a struggle to sustain democracy and all Nigerians should come together in this struggle , ” he said .

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Noting that the fundamental human rights of Nigerians were being trampled upon by the Federal Government , the deputy senate president added , “ unfortunately those of us who are asking that the right thing be done are being hounded

“ Nigerians are entitled to their fundamental human rights – Nigeria is a beautiful country with a lot of potential but the way things are going now , even our friends in the international community are worried . ”

The senator insisted that he would not allow the Buhari administration to prevail over him .

“ I will be 56 years old this year , which is already higher than the life expectancy in the country so I am psychologically ready for them . I know it is not over but I am ready for them . I refuse to be intimidated , ” he declared .

He blamed the Federal Government for not putting a stop to the killings in the country .

According to him , more killings are being recorded in parts of the North – West than in Benue State , yet the government has not been able to address the situation .

“ We don’ t value lives anymore – soldiers die , they conceal the fact that they are dead so that their families cannot ask for their entitlements , ” he lamented.

Other members of the National Assembly from Enugu State accompanied Ekweremadu on the trip from Abuja.

Speaking at the event , the President of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Enugu State , Chief Alex Ogbonna , warned that any move made against Ekweremadu by the Federal Government would be deemed as an attack on the Igbo .

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He said the Igbos would resist further attempts to persecute the deputy senate president .

Ogbonna reiterated that the Igbo would not fold their arms and watch the Federal Government victimise Ekweremadu , whom he described as the highest political office holder in Igboland .

“ Igbos are very patient by nature, they can be very persevering , but they will not be pushed to the wall . Any attack on Ekweremadu is an attack on the Igbos and it will be resisted , ” Ogbonna warned .

The Enugu State Ohanaeze leader expressed concerns that Buhari was fast turning into a dictator .

“ What happened recently in Abuja was a display of tyranny – Nigeria ’ s democracy is turning into dictatorship . President Buhari was once a military dictator , he said he has changed into a democrat but what is happening now is dictatorship . This is not what we expected of democracy in Nigeria , ” he said .

Ekweremadu ’ s supporters , including people from his Enugu West Senatorial District and other members of the Peoples Democratic Party , had earlier besieged the Akanu Ibiam International Airport , Enugu , to welcome him , chanting his praises for his ‘ victory ’ over the siege on his Abuja residence by security operatives .

The supporters , who brandished several banners , followed the lawmaker and his convoy all the way from the airport to his residence in the Independence Layout area of Enugu .

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