The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Tuesday reacted to the assassination attempt on the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his family members.
PDP said the “attack raises our fears that certain forces, who have been hostile to Senator Ekweremadu’s political standing, are still bent on silencing him at all cost.”
A statement by PDP’s Spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, expressed “grave concerns” over the attempt on the lives of Ekweremadu and members of his family in his official residence in Abuja.
According to Ologbondiyan, “The attention of Nigerians to the series of uninvestigated security threats around the person of Senator Ekweremadu. Nigerians could recall that on November 17, 2015, a similar attempt was made on Senator Ekweremadu’s life by some assailants on his way to work.
“Though, that attack was reported to the authorities, there have been no investigations by the security agencies, no arrests have been made and no culprit has been brought to book.
“Instead, the Senator has been a subject of unrelenting harassments and attacks on his person and office since his emergence as Deputy Senate President, including the May 26, 2017 invasion of his official quarters by security agencies, purportedly in search of phantom caches of arms, and the July 24, 2018 siege of his official residence at Apo Quarters.
“These were in addition to the invasion of the Senate chamber and carting away of the mace on the day Ekweremadu presided, in an otherwise very secure Three Arms Zone.
“We are, therefore, worried about the relentless attack on the Deputy Senate President, which we believe is part of a scheme to silence him.
“Consequently, the PDP demands an immediate wide-range probe into this particular attack as well as an assurance from the Federal Government on the safety of the Deputy Senate President, as the nation is not ready to accept any harm on his person or his family at this critical time.”