A member of the House of Representatives, Francis Amadiegwu who was attacked by the Nigerian Police team led by FCT Police Commissioner, Lawrence Alobi is now hospitalized. Saharareporters earlier reported that Hon. Francis Amadiegwu was dragged on the floor of the lobby of the Sheraton Hotels and Towers in Abuja last night as police prevented anti-third term activists in the country from meeting at the hotel.
According to Hon. Uche Onyegoucha who spoke with our reporters earlier today, Hon. Francis Amadiegwu condition had deteriorated due to the way he was roughhandled by the police team. Last year, Honorable Amadiegwu a Federal legislator from the Southeast was attacked by “armed robbers’ in his hometown, though he escaped the attack, he sustained serious injuries. He sustained spinal cord injuries which led him to been flown abroad. He received treatments in German and US hospitals and spent considerable time recovering with members of his immediate family in Maryland, USA.
The police brutality visited upon him last night led to the deterioration of his physical condition. Even before his attack, the Honorable member walks around supported by a walking stick, according to Hon. Uche Onyegocha.
Though the meeting called to fight against third term eventually held at the Governor's Lodge of the Niger State government last night Honorable Amadiegwu could not attend due to his condition, he is currently hospitalized at an undisclosed hospital in Abuja.
It was at the meeting that the Vice President, Abubakar Atiku made public declarations that he “opposes” his boss third term agenda setting him in direct collision course with President Obasanjo. Earlier today, Obasanjo's spokesperson, Femi Fani-Kayode responded by asking the VP to resign his position immediately, condemning him for criticizing the president in public.
Meanwhile, pro-third term groups led by PDP party chair and secretary paid a courtesy visit on the speaker of the house earlier today. After meeting with Speaker Masari they went into a secret meeting with pro-third term legislators at 2:30 PM to formally declare that President Obasanjo will run for a third term in office.
According to Chairman Alli, “the president has to continue his many projects and complete his economic reform programs”. In the meeting which held at “Hearing Room 1” at the National Assembly complex, the delegation led by Alli and Ojo Madueke promised each member of the pro-third term legislators a piece of land anywhere in Abuja, which they could sell if they wanted at any time. But the meeting became rowdy as the lawmakers present demanded to see a written agreement signed by President Obasanjo to that effect. Many of them said they will be more comfortable with a written agreement that precludes the EFCC or any government agency from investigating them in the future should the third term agenda fail.
The PDP party hierarchy left the meeting promising to return back soon with a concrete assurance. On their way out they paid another courtesy visit to the Senate President Ken Nnamani, in another closed session they thanked him for saving his Deputy Senator Ibrahim Mantu from suspension by casting a tie vote. They thereafter headed to Aso Rock for a meeting with President Obasanjo.