Nigerians Are The Losers – Ekweremadu Speaks On Recent Defection

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Ike Ekweremadu

Speaking in a statement released on Wednesday by Uche Anichukwu, his media aide, Ekweremadu described the event as “a total embarrassment to our nation” that must not happen again.

He urged “the media and Nigerians to stand up for Nigeria and ensure we save our democracy”.

He noted that “Nigerians are losing”, considering that as a result of this occurrence, the Senate had to go embark recess when there were outstanding issues to attend to.

“On Tuesday morning, some people laid siege to my house. They left at about 12:20pm after spending about six and half hours,” he said.

“We anticipated that a number of our colleagues in All Progressives Congress (APC) would defect and join People’s Democratic Party (PDP). In anticipation of that, the APC leadership had tried to stop them. When that didn’t happen, the first thing they did was invite President of the Senate to come to the Police. They believed that once the President of the Senate goes to the Police, I would be the one to preside and probably give effect to the letter of defection.

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“In anticipation of that, the Police, EFCC, and other security agencies came together, about 200 of them, to stop me from going to the National Assembly. They said I should come to the EFCC to give explanation over the things I was accused of. I agreed to follow them even though there was no prior invitation, but they were not eager to let me go to answer the invitation.

“The plan was to stop me and the President of the Senate from going to the National Assembly today. Unfortunately for them, the President of the senate was already at the senate to preside over the plenary session.

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“This is not good for democracy. We must respect the law, respect institutions because that is the only way we can make progress as a nation. This is total embarrassment to our nation. I hope this will not happen again.

“I am very worried. This is a decline in our democracy. I want to call on the media and Nigerians to stand up for Nigeria and ensure we save our democracy. This is a dangerous development. The whole world expects Nigeria to lead in democracy in Africa. We need to make progress and show the world that Nigerians are indeed leaders in every aspect of life.

“This is my official quarters. Invading my official quarters is like an invasion of an aspect of the National Assembly. When you invade the National Assembly, you are invading the temple of democracy. That is exactly what has happened today. This is a major assault on democracy.

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“This is not the type of attitude we should be encouraging. The principal thing in a democracy is dialogue, discussion, and networking, not through threats. We need to have a rethink.

“Those advising the President should advise him correctly. As a result of this occurrence, the Senate had to go on recess when there are outstanding issues to attend to. Nigerians are losing. Whoever is behind this is not a good friend of Nigeria.

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