The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has identified with the family of the immediate-past Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, over their trial in the United Kingdom for alleged organ harvesting.
The former Anambra State governor said his family will join other Nigerians in praying for Sonia Ekweremadu for her healing while committing the Ekweremadus into God’s hand for justice to be done over what he called “their travail”.
Obi, who took to his verified Twitter handle on Friday, wrote: “My family and I are with the Ekweremadu’s over their travail. We join all men of goodwill in praying for the healing of their daughter and commit them into God’s hand for justice to be done. -PO.”
DIPLOMATIC DIARY reported that Senator Ekweremadu and his wife, Mrs Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, were arrested on Tuesday at the Heathrow Airport in London and were accused of conspiring to bring an alleged 15-year-old Nigerian to the UK for exploitation and organ harvesting.
But facts emerged thereafter on Thursday that the Ekweremadus transported the young boy to the UK as a kidney donor for their daughter, Sonia, who needs a transplant.
The couple were however remanded on the order of a Uxbridge Magistrate Court in London untill July 7, 2022, when the court would determine the case upon advise from the Attorney General regarding jurisdiction.
DIPLOMATIC DIARY recalls that Ekweremadu had last week reportedly said people from the south-east geo-political zone will not vote for the LP in the 2023 elections.
The former Deputy Senate President, who admitted that Obi is a credible candidate, said south-easterners should not “throw away” their vote on LP because it cannot win the presidency.