March 21, 2019

Anambra: Reps candidate arraigned for forgery, falsification of election results

By Nwabueze Okonkwo

ONITSHA —A candidate of Accord Party in  Orumba North/South federal constituency  in the just concluded National Assembly elections, Mr. Sopuluchukwu Ezeonwuka has been arrested by the operatives of Anambra State Police Criminal Investigations Department, Awka, for alleged forgery and falsification of election results.

Ezeonwuka was arrested following a petition written against him by the legal adviser of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Mr. Ifebuche Sylvester Ezeokenwa in the state, over alleged connivance with some INEC officials now at large to doctor the results of  some polling units of the already announced result of the election to pave way for him in the tribunal.

It was gathered that Ezeonwuka, a lawyer who secured fifth position with about 500 votes in the House of Representatives elections held on February 23, 2019 for Orumba North/South Federal Constituency as declared by INEC on February 24, 2019 allegedly connived with some INEC officials and doctored over 60 polling units which he intended to submit to the election petition tribunal as evidence in his quest to upturn the election of  Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo of APGA who actually won the election in the area.

Police men and members of the Lagos State Task Force at Oshodi

In the petition, Ezeokenwa recalled that the suspect had in the same manner, allegedly forged and falsified some documents to steal the mandate of Ben Nwankwo in 2015.It was later discovered upon careful, secret and discreet investigations that the suspect Ezeonwuka of Accord party with the help of some INEC officials who are at large now doctored the original results of over 60 polling units in Orumba north.

He was arraigned yesterday in the Ajali Magistrate Court within Orumba North Magisterial District.

The presiding Magistrate, F. N Nweke-Onuchukwu granted the suspect bail and adjourned the matter to May 25, 2019 for hearing.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Haruina Mohammed SP who simply confirmed the arrest, declined further comments as according to him, the matter is now before the court of competent jurisdiction.