The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised alarm over the invitation of the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu by the Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase to respond to an accusation that he unilaterally tinkered with certain provisions of the Senate Standing Rules to enable him to stand and win the June 9 election in the Senate.
Specifically, PDP said Ekweremadu was asked to report at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, on Monday to answer questions about a petition said to have been filed against him by a group of senators detailing how the Senate President and the Deputy emerged on Inauguration Day.
Meantime, the party accused some unnamed All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders of instigating the police action against Ekweremadu, adding that the party has uncovered threats to the life of the Deputy Senate President and other key PDP leaders.
The petitioners alleged that Ekweremadu had taken undue advantage of the Senate rules to become the Deputy Senate President in the June 9 election of leaders of the National Assembly.
Chief Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary of PDP, told journalists in a media briefing in Abuja on Sunday that the amendment to the rule was effected by the bureaucracy of the National Assembly headed by the Clerk, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa.
Metuh said the invitation from the IGP was a build-up to phantom charges with a view to detain Ekweremadu and thereby create a vacuum in the Senate to pave way for the imposition of a preferred APC Senator to take his position.