DEPUTY Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has opined why he is being prosecuted for perjury by the Federal Government.
The government had sought a temporary forfeiture of alleged undeclared assets traced to him.
The ex-parte motion marked FHC/ABJ/CS/284/2018 was filed at an Abuja high court.
Thirteen properties were reportedly traced to Ekweremadu; nine are in Nigeria, two in the UK, eight in Dubai and three are in the US.
Following the purported discovery, Abubakar Malami, attorney general of the federation (AGF), filed a false declaration of assets charge against Ekweremadu before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
The government requested an interim court order “temporarily attaching/forfeiting the properties listed in schedule B here under, to the federal government of Nigeria, pending the conclusion of further inquiry/investigation by the special presidential investigation panel for the recovery of public property and/or possible arraignment of the respondent”.
The lawmaker said he was been prosecuted because of the forth coming 2019 election insisting that he would neither be intimidated nor silenced saying the allegations would fail, just as the previous ones.
Ekweremadu stated this when the people of Mgbidi community, hometown of the dismissed former chief judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent, paid him a solidarity visit, at the weekend.
“I want to thank you for the show of solidarity. I have been inundated with calls, messages, and visits by concerned constituents and well-wishers within and outside the country.
“But, there is really nothing to worry about because the entire thing is a well-oiled propaganda on lies and doctored will that includes fictitious properties, just to cow me. It is also about 2019 politics.
“Rest assured that I will not refrain from speaking up in defence of democracy,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the community earlier, the community’s spokesperson, Patrick Uba, who dissociated the Mgbidi people from the former judge’s action, condemned the allegations raised against Ekweremadu.
“The Mgbidi community, which former Justice Umezulike comes from, has followed with concern, the petitions written against you, by our own son, and we wish to categorically condemn it and dissociate ourselves from them.
“We have cordial relations with you because you have represented us effectively, going by the number of projects you have attracted and our sons and daughters enjoying your scholarships and bursary awards, among others”, he added.