Group demands Ekweremadu’s investigation over petition linking judge with Tinubu

Ike Ekweremadu, PDP, Deputy Senate President
Ike Ekweremadu, PDP, Deputy Senate President

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption has demanded the investigation of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, over his petition accusing Justice Adeniyi Ademola of bias in a suit involving the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples’ Democratic Party.

In a petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices ‎(and Other Related Offences) Commission, the group accused Mr. Ekweremadu of attributing the judge’s ‘bias’ to his close relationship with the national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, without providing any evidence.

Mr. Ekweremadu, a lawyer, is a member of the PDP.

‎”The burden of proof is on Senator Ekweremadu to prove his allegations as contained in the petition in question with impeccable and verifiable evidence,” CSNAC stated in the petition dated January 22 and signed by its Chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju.

“Though we have every reason to believe the allegations are false, misleading, and an attempt to subvert justice through protracted litigation, we still demand your thorough investigation and appropriate action on this matter.”

In the wake of the controversial election that led to Bukola Saraki and Mr. Ekweremadu emerging as Senate and Deputy Senate President respectively, five members of the APC had filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja, challenging the outcome.

Senators Abu Ibrahim, Kabir Marafa, Ajayi Boroffice, Gbenga Ashafa, and Suleiman Hunkuyi had contended that the election which produced Messrs Saraki and Ekweremadu in June, last year, was conducted using a forged version of the Senate Standing Orders.

After hearing the arguments of the parties in the suit, the judge fixed December 14 to deliver his ruling.

But Mr. Ekweremadu filed a petition to‎ Ibrahim Auta, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, seeking for the re-assignment of the case to another judge.

The senator alleged that the judge’s wife was recently appointed Head of Service in Lagos State due to the judge’s closeness with Mr. Tinubu.

CSNAC said the ICPC Act makes it an offence for anyone to make statements which are false or intended to mislead to a public officer.

“It can be deduced that the Deputy Senate President’s declaration in the said application which were not supported by any evidence, according to the newspaper report, were merely calculated to mislead the Honourable court and bar it from exercising its constitutional functions,” the group said.

“You will agree with us that if truly the allegations made by Ekweremadu in the said application were true, he ought to have substantiated his claims with incontrovertible evidence which he has failed to do.

“As a legal practitioner himself, Ekweremadu is not unaware of remedies available to him, through appeal to appellate court,‎ where he is dissatisfied with the ruling of a judge, such as in this matter.

“Initiating a petition of this nature, at a time when judgment is reserved by the trial judge is nothing short of professional misconduct deserving of every penalties under the law.”

The group called for appropriate sanctions to be meted to Mr. Ekweremadu if found culpable.

“The descent of an occupant of 6th highest position in the country to such reckless and ignominy is reprehensible,” the group added.

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  • Chuks

    Ekweremadu is a write off. Who would regard the utterances of a man that calls himself Deputy Senate president going bribe errand for the unelected wife of the former president to induce a priest Fr Mbaka with tainted loot? This is contrary to the anti money laundering law which the same Ekweremadu’s senate was part of. Ekweremadu? lawyer indeed!

  • Sunday OGUNKANMI

    Ekweremadu has no iota of credibility. He is a disgrace to the third rate institution where he picked his degree. The man would always level Onitsha market hearsay every time as accusation. The other time he said his impeccable sources told him the firm that administers TSA belongs to Tinubu. What a motormouth.

    • Fuzio

      Revile and belittle what you can not achieve. The guy is an accomplished professor of constitutional law not a high school dropout that you have sold your souls to. Deal with it.

    • African Child

      Ogunkanmi is a Yeloba name, anything Igbo dey pain you too much. Take am easy now!

  • Es3

    The Deputy Senate President accused a judge of bias arising from the judge’s closeness to Tinubu and these clowns are calling Ekweremadu to be investigated and not the accused judge???!

    When will that group investigate the allegation against the judge, is it after they have done investigating Ekweremadu???

    • Sir Demo

      He could have waited for the judgement and then if aggrieved appeal the ruling CITING THIS ALLEGATION. At this junction, even if it is true, it is at this junction with evil intent and hence punishable

      • Es3

        Is the alleged bias by the judge one of the issue to be ruled on by the said judge that Ekeremadu would have waited to be buried alive by Tinubu/APC???

        Who has forgotten the former justice salami in a hurry???!

        • Sir Demo

          Weremadu will be buried by his illegalities, it is only a matter of time. There is no coming back for the locusts and looters in Nigeria. Maybe in Biafra

          • Es3

            Unfortunately for APC, Court of Appeal had already conformed his victory and what is left outside elections is neither here or there!

  • Alpha

    The issue here is for the NJC to thoroughly screen the accusations of Ekweremadu against the judge. If it is later found to be baseless, then this group can step up their pressure for his indictment. The story above did not hint at the findings of any panel to justify the call.

  • Man_Enough

    Even for pdp, ekwerenmadu is a minus.