The Anglican Archbishop of Enugu Province, Most Reverend Dr Emmanuel Chukwuma has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) against attempts to remove Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu from office.
Chukwuma also said that the ruling party has nothing to fear from Ekweremadu, who’s a member of opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The cleric made the comment on Thursday, August 4, 2016, while addressing members of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), Vanguard reports.
“What we are saying is that All Progressives Congress, APC, should not be afraid of Ekweremadu. Ekweremadu is a very simple developing senator and out of all the senators in the South East, Ekweremadu, I must say, is most loved, hard-working senator that APC can make use of to develop Nigeria,” Chukwuma said.
“We want to also say that it is unfortunate that the governor of Imo State has continued to insult him and we say that it is not right, he should be called to order by the APC because Ekweremadu was not elected by the APC and election in the Senate was not done by governors.
“Ekweremadu should be left alone to do his work, he has been elected constitutionally as Deputy Senate President and nobody can remove him there. If they do that, it means that this government doesn’t want the Igbos, then you are calling for its secession from Nigeria because that is the high ranking position we have and we all, including the Church are behind him and he has been performing and should be left to perform,” he added.
APC Chairman, John Oyegun recently said that the party is still bitter at Ekweremadu’s emergence as Deputy Senate President.
Ekweremadu was elected along with Senate President, Bukola Saraki on June 9, 2015, despite the APC’s express exclusion of Saraki through a mock poll.