IKE Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President, has said the Federal Government’s suit against him over undeclared assets purported belonging to him shows it is clearly out on a vendetta and smear campaign against him.
The lawmaker stated this on Wednesday while reacting to a motion exparte filed by Festus Keyamo Chambers on behalf of the special presidential investigation panel for the recovery of public property.
The federal 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.
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”.
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).
He is said to have failed to disclose the foreign assets in his declarations to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
But Ekweremadu said he has declared all his assets with the CCB as required by law.
“The attention of the office of the deputy president of the senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has been drawn to a motion exparte filed by Festus Keyamo Chambers on behalf of the special presidential investigation panel for the recovery of public property.
“The motion is for an order to temporarily forfeit assets it claimed the senator did not declare with the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
“The so-called panel sought and obtained his assets declaration forms, but could not look at them since it is clearly out on a vendetta and smear campaign.
“Again, Sen. Ekweremadu wishes to assure all his supporters and well-wishers that there is nothing to worry about,” Ekweremadu said in a statement signed by Uche Anichukwu, his special adviser on media.