SAHARANEWS – The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has blamed opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
SaharaNews had reported that Senator Ekweremadu was physically assaulted and publicly disgraced in Germany, on Saturday, by members of the IPOB.
The former Deputy Senate President was invited as a guest speaker at the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival in Nuremberg, Germany, when the assault took place.
In a statement obtained by Igbere TV, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu described members of IPOB as “unworthy in character” while he equally described their actions as “despicable.”
He said the physical attack on Senator Ekweremadu was “an indecent action”, adding that it was below the acceptable standard of behaviour expected of citizens of Nigeria whether home or abroad.
The APC accused the main opposition party of promoting the agenda of IPOB before it was proscribed by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
“It is however regrettable that some of the people and organizations who had offered these irresponsible elements open support in the past are raising their voices now.
“It will be recalled that the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its leaders chose to play politics over a matter that called for collective patriotic actions when IPOB raised a terror group in the South East.
“It is clear that PDP and its other shortsighted co-travelers who were the main cheerleaders of IPOB owe this country an apology. IPOB hid under regional identity to perpetrate criminality having recruited some misguided elements and miscreants”, the statement partly read.
The APC also claimed that Senator Ekweremadu was brutalised because the PDP politicians have “become myopic and allow narrow sentiments becloud their sense of judgement.”
It further stated that all Nigerians, irrrespective of political affiliations, “have a responsibility to collectively rise against evil wherever we find it and in whatever guise it appears.”
“We hope lessons have been learnt from this unfortunate incident”, the statement added.