By PETER OKUTU
ABAKALIKI— EBONYI State Police command, yesterday, confirmed the arrest of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, councillorship aspirant in the just concluded primaries of the party, Mr. Odah Mmaduabuchi, over alleged certificate forgery and impersonation.
State Police Command spokesman, DSP Sylvester Igbo, who confirmed the arrest of the suspect and receipt of the petition against the suspect, added that Police was still investigating the matter.
However, Vanguard gathered that the police had gone to the West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, Enugu regional office where the suspect allegedly obtained copies of WAEC original statement of result, which proved that the accusation of forgery against Mr Odah were true.
This followed two separate petitions by another aspirant, Mr. Kingsley Onu to Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police and the chairman of Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commissioner, EBSIEC, CP Maigari Diko and Mr. John Nkwuda respectively; accusing Mr. Odah of conspiracy, certificate forgery and impersonation.
In the petition, titled “Conspiracy, Forgery and Impersonation”, Mr. Onu alleged that the state deputy chairman of People’s Democratic Party, Joseph Onwe and the party’s councillorship candidate for Ntezi ward in Ishielu LGA, Mr. Odah Mmaduabuchi, conspired to forge West African Senior Secondary School Examination statement of result.
The petition reads in part: “I wish to bring to your notice act of conspiracy, certificate forgery and impersonation against Mr. Odah Mmaduabuchi, the Councillorship candidate of Ntezi ward and Mr. Joseph Onwe, the Deputy Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Ebonyi State who both hail from Amata Ntezi Community, Ishielu Local Government Area of the state.
“Mr. Odah who did not attend any Secondary School in Ebonyi State or elsewhere in Nigeria conspired with Mr. Joseph Onwe, Deputy Chairman of PDP in Ebonyi State to forge and impersonate the May/June 2008, West African Senior Secondary School Examination Statement of Result with Examination number 4120810154 and Examination Centre, Community Secondary School Agba, belonging to Odah Ogochukwu, his younger sister.
“I also wish to bring to your notice that the forged May/June 2008 West African Senior Secondary School Statement of result belonging to Odah Ogochukwu was presented by Odah Mmaduabuchi to the Sabinus Nwankwegu-led PDP councillorship screening committee for Ebonyi Central zone.”