Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy Senate President has refused to respond officially and in public to the claim by a Nigerian website, Sahara Reporters, that he bought two BMWs for a London-based mistress.
The claim was made in a tweet yesterday and swiftly debunked by a source close to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator for Enugu West, who informed Naijiant.com that the alleged mistress was actually Ekweremadu’s niece.
We now understand that Ekweremadu asked his media aides not to respond to the claims by Sahara Reporters. He “knows who started it and it’s all about his seat [presumably the Deputy Senate Presidency]”. The source also said Ekweremadu believes the “fake news” against him was “since he threw his weight behind restructuring in Nigeria and asking for the release of Nnamdi Kanu”.
The case for “restructuring” is a controversial one that has gained momentum in recent times and covers greater autonomy for the component parts of Nigeria in their control of the resources from their areas, with a more pronounced federal system of governance.
The call for the release of Nnamdi Kanu is even more controversial. Kanu, an advocate for the secession of the Igbo-speaking southeast region from Nigeria, has been detained without bail since October 2015. Kanu and the separatist group he formed, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), also have little time for the calls for restructuring Nigeria.