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2015: Enugu PDP asks Police to prosecute Sen. Eze for alleged guber result forgery

By The Citizen
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State has asked the Police to arrest and prosecute Senator Ayogu Eze for allegedly forging the result sheet in the party's governorship primary elections.

The leadership of the PDP in Enugu State has dismissed Eze’s claims that he is the party's flag bearer for the 2015 governorship election, stressing that a member of the House of Representatives, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who won the party’s primary election which held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, is the authentic candidate.

An Enugu State High Court presided over by Justice R. O. Odugu, had, on Tuesday, extended the order it earlier granted restraining Senator Ayogu Eze from parading himself as the Governorship candidate of the party.

In the latest development, the Enugu State PDP has petitioned the State Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Mohammed, asking for the Senator's arrest and prosecution.

In a petition dated December 17, 2014 and signed by the State Chairman of the party, Ikeje Asogwa, the PDP alleged that Eze intends to truncate the outcome of the primary election in the state with forged documents.

Asogwa, in the petition, said, 'The Peoples Democratic Party Primary election to elect a Governorship flag bearer for Enugu State took place at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu on 8th December, 2014.

'The party, from the national headquarters, appointed a five-man electoral committee to conduct the primaries for the election of the governorship candidate for Enugu State.

'The members of the panel were King Asara A. Asara (chairman), Barrister Ukpai Ukairo (secretary), Barrister Saratu Umar, Engr. Alamu Adeyemi and myself as the state chairman of the party.

'The members came with the official result sheets from the party headquarters, as well as the ballot papers and other materials required to conduct the primary election.

'At the end of the electoral exercise, the members issued a result of the election wherein they returned Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as having won the election.

'Surprisingly, Senator Ayogu Eze who was a candidate at the said primary election has now uttered a result purporting same to be the result of the said primary election of 8th December, 2014.

'The said result was produced on a forged result sheet purporting same to be the result sheet of the Peoples Democratic Party.'

Asogwa added that Eze allegedly used the said forged documents in the processes he filed before an Abuja Federal High Court over the primary election.

The Enugu State PDP chairman therefore urged the police to investigate the matter and take necessary steps to 'arrest and prosecute Senator Ayogu Eze for the uttering and forgery of PDP result sheet in accordance with the dictates of the law.'