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Suit to declare Ekweremadu’s seat vacant wicked – Ohanaeze


Emotional reactions have trailed the suit filed by a legal practitioner and an aspirant for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the Enugu West Senatorial District in the 2019 general election, Chief OAU Onyema against former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

In the suit filed at the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu, Onyema prayed the Court to declare the seat of the Enugu West Senatorial District in the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly currently occupied by Ekweremadu vacant.

Reacting to the suit, apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo described Onyema’s action as ‘satanic.’

The National President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, in a statement on Thursday, said it was satanic for anyone to file such a suit against the lawmaker in the face of his current challenges.

“We find it agonizing that any human being could come up with this kind of  acidic suit against Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

“It is even more cruel coming at a time when it has been revealed that Senator Ekweremadu is facing health challenges in detention. One expects any person with conscience to empathize with the lawmaker in the face of these challenges.

“As an Enugu West man whom Ekweremadu is representing, he has never shown sympathy since Ekweremadu started going through all these difficulties.

“The only thing he could do was to institute a court case against Ekweremadu. This reconfirms our fear that the enemies are within. So many people have a hand on what befell Ekweremadu, but man is not God.

“We call on the plaintiff to immediately withdraw that suit for the sake of posterity and human conscience. Nobody is immune to health challenges, it can happen to any other person.

“Barr. Onyema should without wasting time withdraw the suit if indeed he is a true Igbo man, who are known to be their brother’s keeper,” Okwu declared.

But Onyeama, who spoke to expressed deep concern for the Ekweremadu situation but noted that the issue is one that nobody can alter for now.

He noted that already, Ekweremadu’s pre trial in London has been fixed for October 4 while the hearing proper is scheduled for May 28, 2023.

“So you see, he will not be available till the 9th Senate winds up. And, we are saying that the people of Enugu needs that representation, and nature itself abhors vacuum.”



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