Re­mov­ing Ek­w­ere­madu will threaten democ­racy — PDP BOT

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

Mem­bers of the Board of Trustees (bot) of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) yesterday threw their weight be­hind the deputy Se­nate pres­i­dent, Se­na­tor Ike Ek­w­ere­madu, say­ing he should not be roped into the Se­nate rules forgery scan­dal.

Ek­w­ere­madu is stand­ing trial along­side the Se­nate pres­i­dent, Bukola Saraki, and two oth­ers, over forg­ing of the Se­nate rules.

Lead­ing mem­bers of the bot to the Se­nate, its chair­man, Se­na­tor Walid Jib­ril, said the im­age of Ek­w­ere­madu should not be tar­nished.

“Ek­w­ere­madu is a man of in­tegrity with track records. We will give him all the nec­es­sary sup­port. No­body should tar­nish his good im­age. We are not here to pre­empt the de­ci­sion of the court, we are call­ing for fair hear­ing,” he said.

Jib­ril, who said the emer­gence of Ek­w­ere­madu as the deputy Se­nate pres­i­dent was a good omen for democ­racy, said no at­tempt should be made to edge him out.

“Ek­w­ere­madu should be left alone to per­form his du­ties. Our PDP se­na­tors will con­tinue to sup­port the gov­ern­ment of the day for good gov­er­nance. Any at­tempt to re­move Ek­w­ere­madu will not augur well for democ­racy,” he said.

Ek­w­ere­madu thanked the bot mem­bers for their sup­port, adding that, “No mean­ing­ful fa­ther will watch his son be­ing per­se­cuted.”

Mem­bers of the bot that at­tended the meet­ing in­cluded a for­mer Se­nate pres­i­dent, Adol­phus Wabara, a for­mer deputy Se­nate pres­i­dent, Ibrahim Nasiru Mantu, a for­mer na­tional chair­man of the PDP, Vin­cent Obu­lafor and Am­bas­sador Aminu

Wali.

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