Court Convicts Abia APC Governorship Candidate, Uche Ogah, of Forgery

A magistrate court in Umuahia, the capital of Abia State, has found the former Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uche Ogah, guilty of forgery.

Ogah is the All Progressives Congress (APC) faction’s candidate for governor of Abia State in the general election of 2023.

Delivering a ruling in case no. UMSC/362/2022, the court mandated the former minister’s detention and imprisonment.

The APC had filed a criminal complaint against Ogah, alleging that he did not take part in the party’s May 26, 2022, governorship primary poll but instead faked the direct primary election result sheet with intentions to present it as authentic.

The complaint claims that Ogah’s falsification damaged the party’s chances of electing High Chief Ikechi Emenike as governor of Abia State, violated Section 465 of the Criminal Code (as it applies in Abia), and is punishable under Section 467.

In her ruling, trial Magistrate Ngozi N. Nwangwa said that the defendant/respondent “is guilty as charged” and that he has no defense.

“I, hereby, commit Dr Uche Ogah for the offence as charged,” she added.

Security agents are to detain Ogah in the closest correctional facility until the day he is brought before the court for sentencing, according to a court order. The order also directs them to arrest him wherever they find him.

According to Vanguard, Ogah regularly missed court appearances.

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