The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Board of Trustees have asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to stop harassing Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.
Mr. Ekweremadu is standing trial alongside the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and two others for alleged forgery of the Senate standing rules.
The BoT described the trial of Ekweremadu, who is the highest ranking PDP member in the current dispensation, as a deliberate plot to tarnish his image.
The BoT Chairman, Senator Walid Jibril, spoke when he led members of the board to a solidarity meeting with the PDP caucus in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
“We are here to show solidarity and recognise the leadership of Senator Ekweremadu, especially when we hear stories of what is happening to him. We are here to give our total support to him over the recent framing of him in an alleged forgery case, because we cannot, as fathers and conscience of the party, sit down and just watch”, Mr. Jibril said of the purpose of the visit.
The BoT chair insisted that the Deputy Senate President is a man of integrity with a high record of performance, warning that nobody should try to tarnish his personality.
He also called for fair hearing and justice in what he said was the attempt by the APC-led federal government to “rope-in” Senator Ekweremadu for political reasons.
“He was elected Deputy President of Senate by 48 PDP senators with the support of APC Senators, which is a good ingredient of our democracy. No attempt should be made to rope him in. He should be left alone to continue the good service to the country”, Senator Jibril pleaded.
In his response, Ekweremadu thanked the BoT members for the visit, disclosing that many of his colleagues in the National Assembly, who dumped the PDP for APC are now regretting their actions and are prepared to retrace their steps.
“Today, I believe and I am speaking the minds of my colleagues, that so many members of the National Assembly from the other parties are prepared to return to the PDP because they have seen that they made a mistake in the last election by voting APC and they are also seeing that PDP remains the biggest, greatest and the most focused party in Nigeria”, he said.