Enugu PDP stalwarts move to avoid prosecution
Three chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu
have approached the State High Court, seeking an order to restrain the
Attorney General and Inspector General of Police from proceeding with criminal prosecution against them.
The three party stalwarts include a former House of Representatives member, a former member of the State House of Assembly and another chieftain, all from the Enugu West Senatorial zone.
A motion on notice No E/449/2015, dated November 11, 2015, before
Justice Reuben Odugu, prayed for an ex -parte order to stop their prosecution for alleged forgery, impersonation and perjury committed during the 2015 general elections in the area.
A member of the House of Representatives for Udi/Ezeagu federal
constituency, Dennis Amadi had brought the charge against them, for which
the police was said to have concluded investigations.
The Guardian learnt that the arraignment of the three party stalwarts had
been slated for December 9, following a fiat granted to an Independent
Counsel by the Attorney General of the state after an advice from the
Federal Ministry of Justice.
Sources told The Guardian yesterday, that the court was now in dilemma
over whether or not to go ahead to grant the ex-parte order,
especially after it had fixed the matter for arraignment, adding that,
the development “amount to arrest of trial.”
The three party stalwarts were alleged to have conspired to forge
documents purportedly emanating from a former acting chairman of the
PDP in the state, Elder David Ajah.
In charge No: E/117c/2015, a matter between the commissioner of Police
and the three accused persons, instituted before the Enugu state High
court on October 27 2015, the three persons are facing four count
charges ranging from felony, to wit forgery, punishable under Section
495 (a) of the Criminal Code Act. Cap. 30 Revised Law of Enugu State
In the four count charge, they were accused of having separately made
false documents in letters dated 6th December 2014, where they claimed
they were appointed electoral and returning officers, respectively,
for the House of Representatives primary election of the PDP on 6th
December 2014 for Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency and purporting same
to have been signed by Elder David Ajah, a former acting Enugu State
chairman of the PDP.
One of the count charges reads: “That you, at the afore-stated time,
place and date in Enugu, in the Enugu Judicial Division did make a
false document, to wit, a document purporting to be the PDP National
Assembly Primary Election 2014 Result Sheet for the House of
Representative Primary election for Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency
(0000318) wherein you purported yourself to be as the winner of the
Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency, House of Representatives primary
election held on the 6th day of December at the Udi Local Government
Headquarters, Enugu, knowing same to be false, and with intention that
it be used as evidence in a Court of Justice in Nigeria and thereby
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