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PDP tackles APC over Ekweremadu

13 July 2016, 17:47

Abuja - The Peoples Democratic Party has lampooned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government over the trial of Deputy Senate president‎, Ike Ekweremadu, for alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Rules.

The party in a statement by the Chairman of its Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi described the prosecution as inexcusable in a democracy, pointing that the ruling party had no constitutional or moral grounds to b‎e displeased with Ekweremadu’s emergence as Deputy President of the Senate.

Also read: PDP faults Oyegun’s comments on Ekweremadu

The PDP Chairman cautioned the federal government against interfering with the affairs of the National Assembly, which he said is a separate arm ‎of government created by the constitution.

The statement reads: The APC as a party, and through its chieftains, including President Muhammadu Buhari before his election, had variously and robustly ‎defended the constitutionality and imperativeness of bi-partisan ‎legislative leadership during the defection of the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, to their fold while in ‎opposition without relinquishing his position.

“We, therefore, invite the APC-led federal government to tell the world ‎why bi-partisan leadership in the legislature was good in the instances ‎of Tambuwal as well as the Benue and Plateau assemblies, but an ‎abomination in the case of Senator Ekweremadu.

“We consider APC’s stance on Ekweremadu and his continued persecution on ‎this account as the height of duplicity, intolerance, unwarranted and inexcusable executive excesses in a democracy.

“More so, unlike APC’s rancorous opposition in parliament in the recent past, the PDP lawmakers, including Senator Ekweremadu, have provided a very responsible opposition, supporting the government and overlooking ‎its serial fumbles. Ekweremadu is not APC’s stumbling block.”

- News 24


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