Huriwa Accuses Igp Of Political Witch Hunt Against Ekweremadu

By Emmanuel Onwubiko

A pro-Democracy Non-governmental organisation - HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA ) has alleged that the Inspector General of Police Mr Solomon Arase may have accepted to go after the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate on the alleged promptings of the governor of his state of origin Mr Adams Oshiomhole who is a close associate of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress Mr Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

HURIWA alleged that Mr Tinubu and his political associate Mr Adams Oshiomhole have never hidden their disapproval of the democratic process that resulted in the emergence of Ike Ekweremadu of the Peoples Democratic Party alongside the Senate President Mr Bukola Saraki who isn't the choice of the party's national Leader.

The Rights group has therefore cautioned the Inspector General of Police to stop getting involved in partisan politics using his office but to strive to professionally reshape the battered public image of the institution of the Nigerian Police. The group advised the police boss to distinguish himself in his assignments and not muddle up his functions by his involvement directly in intra and inter party squabbles the same biased way that his predecessor did when he ordered the invasion of the precinct of the National Assembly.

HURIWA faulted the invitation extended to the Deputy Senate President based on a politically motivated petition which reportedly originated from a faction of the All Progressives Congress within the Senate of the Federal Republic just as the group expressed shock that barely 48 hours after it uncovered some plots to circulate incriminating petitions against the Deputy Senate President and the Senate President the police hierarchy actually extended invitation to the Deputy Senate President based on unsubstantiated and wild claims of alleged forgery. HURIWA said if the IGP wasn't partisan he could have routed the petition to the police chief within the National Assembly who should originate any investigative findings before taking it up from there if there are verifiable and credible evidence.

HURIWA also accused those seeking to undermine the office of Senate President as persons working against the political interest of the South East region.

It would be recalled that on Thursday July 2nd 2015 that HURIWA raised alarm of some subterranean plots to blackmail the Senate President Alhaji Bukola Saraki of the All Progressives Congress and his deputy Dr Ike Ekweremadu who is of the PDP.

In a statement issued to the media, the Rights group also cautioned against the ongoing activities of the leadership of the National ruling party- All Progressives Congress (APC) aimed at undermining the credibility and integrity of the hierarchy of the current National Assembly.

Excerpt of the media statement endorsed by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko are as follows:

Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA), as a group of pro-democracy and political rights activists, is disturbed to announce to Nigerians that it has uncovered a grand and outrageous plan by a splinter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership to blackmail the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki and the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu into submission.

We have it on good authority that finishing touches were put on the plan at the Abuja home of a high profile APC leader from the South West.

Seeing no legal means to kicking the Senate leadership out, the plan now is includes forgery of all manners of documents, manipulated audio and audio-visual materials, and the importation of a professional female blackmailer from the USA, etc. to coerce the Senate helmsmen into submission.

HURIWA denounces in the strongest terms the emerging erosion of the independence of the National Assembly, and worst of all, the resort to cheap blackmail.

We therefore call on Nigerians to be on the lookout for the political cum media terrorism as it unfolds, but regard them for what they are- a cheap blackmail.

Meanwhile, HURIWA recalls that the presiding officers of the Senate and House of Representatives were democratically elected in the full glare of Nigerians. Although there is an obvious division and leadership tussles in the APC, the ruling party cannot continue to hold Nigerians to ransom over its domestic squabbles.

Indeed, the least Nigerians expected of the APC leadership is to cooperate with the National Assembly leadership to deliver to Nigerians the change the party promised Nigerians.

It is also appropriate to remind the APC leadership that it rode to power on the wings of free democratic environment and the sanctity of the ballot box.

If the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former President Goodluck Jonathan could congratulate President Mohammdu Buhari and the APC as well as hand government to them without any hesitance whatsoever, we see no good reason some elements in the APC have refused to accept the leadership, which majority of members of the National Assembly have freely chosen for themselves in accordance with the 1999 Constitution.

If APC lawmakers emerged Speakers of the Benue and Plateau States Houses of Assembly where the PDP are in the majority; HURIWA sees no reason a Deputy Senate President of PDP extraction transparently and constitutionally elected by members of both parties cannot be acceptable to a section of the APC leadership.

Furthermore, since the APC national leadership, President Muhammadu Buhari, and the APC Caucus in the House of Representatives hailed the defection of the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal’s to the APC with PDP’s speakership mandate in 2014; and since there is nothing in our constitution that states that a presiding officer must come from the majority party, HURIWA sees no good reason some APC elements are hell-bent on pulling down the National Assembly and our democracy in pursuit of their selfish agenda.

The emerging scenario is to say the least, most disappointing, unhealthy for democracy, and a betrayal of the mandate for change handed to the APC at the 2015 general elections.

HURIWA calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately restore sanity to the National Assembly by calling his party men and women to order, and protect the independence and stability of the legislature, which he inherited from the President Goodluck Jonathan Administration.