The South-East caucus of the Senate has accused Senator Ali Ndume (APC Borno) of instigating the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to investigate the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
The lawmakers said that Ndume would be held responsible by the entire South-East geopolitical zone should any harm befall Ekweremmadu.
The Senators further said that Ndume was interfering with the work of the anti-graft agency by making utterances and granting interviews suggesting that the agency was treating Ekweremadu with kid gloves.
The lawmakers said, “We have closely watched events around the National Assembly, especially the ruthless attempts to emasculate the opposition and unseat the Senate leadership by all means possible.
“We have also followed the ongoing investigation by the EFCC of the allegations leveled against the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. Despite our doubts, we have maintained our calm, hoping that the law will take its natural cause to vindicate the innocent.
“However, like every responsible and patriotic Nigerian, we have every reason to worry after reading the comments by Senator Ali Ndume, claiming that the EFCC is treating Ekweremadu with kid gloves. He canvassed Ekweremadu’s detention and indictment by the agency in spite of the obvious ill health of Senator Ekweremadu.”
They also alleged that Ndume was behind the July 24 blockade of the official residences of Saraki and Ekweremadu by security agencies in Abuja.
The group added, “Indeed, reading Senator Ndume’s comments clears every doubt that himself and some other All Progressives Congress senators and cabals are behind the ordeal of the Deputy Senate President and that this investigation has to do with the remorseless efforts to unseat the Senate leadership.
“It is now easier to link the hostage-taking of Senator Ekweremadu and the attempted hostage-taking of the Senate President on 24th July, 2018 by agents of the State on a day both were supposed to be presiding over the Senate.
“Meanwhile, we are not restraining the EFCC from heeding Senator Ndume’s hate speech and prompting to act unprofessionally, detain Ekweremadu or act in ways inimical to his health and well-being, but we surely know those to hold responsible should anything happen to Ekweremadu.”