Gov Elechi
EBONYI State Police command Wednesday 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.

The 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.

The police had gone to the Enugu West
Africa Examination Council, WAEC, Regional office where the suspect
had allegedly obtained copies of WAEC original statement of result,
which in fact proved that the accusation of forgery against Mr Odah
were true.

This followed two separate petitions by another aspirant, Mr. Kingsley
Onu to the 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’ and
made available to our correspondent, Mr. Onu alleged that the State
Deputy Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP), Hon Joseph Onwe
and the party’s councillorship candidate for Ntezi ward in Ishielu
LGA, Mr. Odah Mmaduabuchi conspired and forged West African Senior
Secondary School Examination statement of result.

The petition reads “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 Hon 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 Hon Joseph Onwe, Deputy Chairman
of PDP 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

“I also wish to bring to your notice that the impersonated May/June
2008 West African Senior Secondary School Statement of result
belonging to Odah Ogochukwu was presented by Odah Mmaduabuchi to the
Sabinus Nwankwegu’s led PDP Councillorship screening committee for
Ebonyi Central Zone.

“It is also worthy of note to state that Hon Joseph Onwe, the Deputy
Chairman of the PDP was fully aware of the forgery and impersonation
committed by Odah Mmaduabuchi, yet he went further to sign as his
nominator for the primaries election.

“In the light of the foregoing circumstance, Hon Joseph Onwe,
conspired, aided and abetted Odah Mmaduabuchi in committing the
criminal act”.

The petitioner prayed the Commissioner of Police to immediately order
the arrest, investigation and prosecution of Hon Joseph Onwe and Odah
Mmaduabuchi adding that the arrest and prosecution of the two would
serve as detriment to others that might wish to perpetrate such
shameful act in future.

In a quick reaction, the State PDP Deputy Chairman (name withheld) who
was also fingered in the petition said: “I don’t know what you are
talking about”.