Deputy President of Nigerian Senate, Ike Ekweremadu has raised the alarm over the trial of the Senate President and hmself, alleging that the country’s legislature is on trial.
He vowed that justice will prevail in the end, especially as he did commit the crime for which he is being prosecuted for.
Ekweremadu was granted bail by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, where he was arraigned over alleged forgery of Senate Standing Rules in 2015.
In a statement he personally signed, Ekweremadu said the country’s democracy, which clearly stipulates the separation of powers was being threatened by the executive arm of government.
He said: “I presented myself to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court today as an ordinary citizen of this great nation to plead NOT GUILTY to charges I did not and could not have committed.
“It is deeply troubling to note that people in high places who swore to uphold the law have dwindled into purveyors of falsehood and rumours who seek to smear and tarnish the reputation of law abiding and responsible citizens as well as cripple the hallowed institutions of democracy. It is all the more disheartening that people who should know better use the colour of their office to pursue private vendetta against people they disagree with.
“This grotesque display of vindictiveness, arrogance, and mindless targeting of innocent citizens should find no sanctuary in our democracy. Using the machinery of justice to create disorder is a dangerous and invidious scheme that ultimately will lead Nigeria down the road to perdition. It is Senator Bukola Saraki and Senator Ike Ekweremadu today, who knows whose turn it will be next?
“I am a law-abiding citizen and believe in the rule of law and all the rights and privileges it advertises. But, even at that, it is only in my place not to commit crime, but way out of my reach not to be accused of one, especially when instruments of power become apparatuses for oppression of the innocent and voices of opposition.
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