The All Progressives Congress, APC, has washed its hands of the reported invitation of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu by the Nigeria Police, over which the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has released an “outlandish” statement containing all sorts of imaginary claims.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the governing party said it neither wrote a petition to the police nor is it aware that any petition was written against the Deputy Senate President.
“However, if, as the PDP claims, the petition concerns alleged altering of the Senate’s Standing Rules on the process of electing Presiding Officers, that is a clear case of forgery which the police have a duty to investigate. Questioning the right of the police to carry out their duties in this regard amounts to intimidating the security agency.
“Forgery is a crime that is being regularly investigated by the police, and it beggars belief that such investigation will now be interpreted to mean that Nigeria is descending into dictatorship or that democracy and the enjoyment of personal freedoms are now endangered. These claims by the scaremongering PDP are farfetched and preposterous”, it said.
Mohammed said if indeed there is a petition against Senator Ekweremadu, he should gladly heed the invitation by the police so he can clear his name, adding that no one is above the law.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has repeatedly said that at every point, the law must be supreme and everyone must respect the law, if the nation’s democratic system is to survive.
“Extrapolating a police invitation of anyone, no matter his status, to mean the onset of dictatorship is itself an invitation to lawlessness and anarchy, which permeated the long but ineffective rule of the PDP”, the APC said.