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APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by Gossipninja: 2:37pm On Dec 09, 2022
A Magistrate Court in Umuahia, Abia State, Thursday, convicted a former Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Uche Ogah, for forging the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary result in the state.

The judgement followed a criminal complaint filed by the APC in the state alleging that Mr Ogah forged the party’s direct primary result sheet “with intent that it may be acted on as genuine”, despite not participating in the party’s governorship primary held on 26 May.

The plaintiff submitted that Mr Ogah’s “falsification” was detrimental to the party and Ikechi Emenike, whom the party recognises as its “authentic governorship flag bearer,” according to a report by TheCable.

The offence, the APC argued, is in contravention of section 465 of the Criminal Code (as it applies in Abia) and punishable under section 467 of the code.

Delivering judgment on Thursday, the magistrate, Ngozi Nwangwa, held that the defendant “is guilty as charged”.

“I’m convinced that the defendant has no defence,” the magistrate said.

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

Mr Ogah, the defendant, was not present in the court during proceeding.

But the magistrate ordered security agencies to arrest him wherever he may be and hold him in any correctional facility until the day he would be brought to court for sentencing.

The defendant had failed to appear before the court since November when the matter came up for hearing, and no lawyer represented him.

The magistrate, however, said the former minister had written a petition to the chief judge and the attorney-general alleging “bias and compromise”.

The APC had called Chidi Avajah, state secretary of the Abia APC, as its sole witness on 30 November.

They also tendered as exhibits, affidavits deposed to by Tony Obiefuna, a representative of the APC governorship primary election panel for Abia, and Chukwudi Kanu, who was an interested party in the primary. Both men stated that their signatures were forged by Mr Ogah.

The defendant failed to open his defence on the charges against him.

The prosecution, after making its submission, closed its case and urged the court “to accept the documentary evidence, rely on them and act on them.”


Can private individuals or civil groups institute a criminal complaint?

Stanley Alieke, an Abuja-based legal practitioner, told PREMIUM TIMES that given that the issue was a criminal matter, the court has powers to convict Mr Ogah.

“The offence of forgery he committed is a crime which is punishable with conviction.

“And again, does the magistrate court have the jurisdiction to entertain matters of that capacity, the answer is yes,” the lawyer said.

Mr Alieke said Mr Ogah can only appeal the judgment, pointing out that any action by the APC candidate against the judgment would amount to contempt of court.

Asked if private individuals or civil groups have the right to institute a criminal case, the lawyer said the previous rule was that only the attorney-general of the state has the powers to institute and prosecute criminal cases, according to Section 211 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

He explained that, under the old rule, private individuals or groups could only institute criminal matters when they had successfully applied to the attorney-general of the state for a fiat.

“That’s what most lawyers know. But a recent Supreme Court judgment repealed that rule. It (the judgment) simply said that private lawyers and individuals can institute and prosecute a criminal matter. So, it is no longer the attorney-general of the state that has the sole powers to do so,” he said.

Background on leadership crisis
Ahead of the general elections in 2023, the APC had been embroiled in a leadership tussle in the state, leading to two factions.

Messr Ogah and Emenike had emerged as the APC governorship candidates in Abia State from two parallel primaries.

But, a Federal High Court in Abuja had, on 11 November, nullified the primary which produced Mr Emenike and affirmed Mr Ogah as the Abia APC governorship candidate for the 2023 governorship election in the state.
https://www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/ssouth-east/569755-abia-2023-court-convicts-ex-minister-for-forging-apc-primary-result-orders-arrest.html

Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by Gossipninja: 2:37pm On Dec 09, 2022
grin
Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by bestman09(m): 6:11am On Dec 10, 2022
angry
APC and forgery are 5&6.

It runs in their blood, from the head to the toe.

When will tinubu be served his own conviction?

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Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by ecolime(m): 6:11am On Dec 10, 2022
APC folks and fraud are 5 & 6. I'm not surprised.

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Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by Orion01(m): 6:11am On Dec 10, 2022
Na their way

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Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by Gkay1(m): 6:12am On Dec 10, 2022
When u see someone supporting apc, u will see that 1or 2 thing(s) is /are missing in that person's life.
Apc na yeye party

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Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by billionman: 6:12am On Dec 10, 2022
Not surprised

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Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by tamdun: 6:13am On Dec 10, 2022
Ojelu
Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by Atarakpa: 6:13am On Dec 10, 2022
Nah them
Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by sheriffindy(m): 6:16am On Dec 10, 2022
International thief thief !!...in fela's voice.

Even fela foresaw all these and sang about it when most of you urchins were not born.
Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by nazicartel(m): 6:17am On Dec 10, 2022
Ikechi Emenike's politics. If Ikechi wasn't Buhari's close friend. He would've been taken out of contest. What has Buhari not done for him?.. Made him the strongest Politician from Abia, made his wife an ambassador, made his boys heads of parastatals, gave him the state chapter of NDDc, he chooses anybody of his choice as the NDDc commissioner. Now he made his friend a minister. Now Buhari said you should calm down and allow Ogah to be the state governor. You refused. Never knew the man was this greedy. Ikechi is old, he should let peace reign in the party. He shouldn't use his opposition with Orji Kalu to spoil their party. Orji didn't make him lose the governorship election that year. He should relax nah

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Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by Piwago(m): 6:17am On Dec 10, 2022
ecolime:
APC folks and fraud are 5 & 6. I'm not surprised.
Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by adioolayi(m): 6:29am On Dec 10, 2022
He don buy market...

Make he go do the term na

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Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by Honjoshy4u: 6:32am On Dec 10, 2022
APC is a plague to this country

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Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by Racoon(m): 6:43am On Dec 10, 2022
It runs in their blood.

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Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by BeardedMeat(m): 7:37am On Dec 10, 2022
nazicartel:
Ikechi Emenike's politics. If Ikechi wasn't Buhari's close friend. He would've been taken out of contest. What has Buhari not done for him?.. Made him the strongest Politician from Abia, made his wife an ambassador, made his boys heads of parastatals, gave him the state chapter of NDDc, he chooses anybody of his choice as the NDDc commissioner. Now he made his friend a minister. Now Buhari said you should calm down and allow Ogah to be the state governor. You refused. Never knew the man was this greedy. Ikechi is old, he should let peace reign in the party. He shouldn't use his opposition with Orji Kalu to spoil their party. Orji didn't make him lose the governorship election that year. He should relax nah
In 2019, a video went viral about this same Ogah guy thumb printing voting materials inside his sitting room.

He gave his opponents the knife to stab him and they stabbed and twisted it with relish.
Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by Dukeofotukpo(m): 7:43am On Dec 10, 2022
sheriffindy:
International thief thief !!...in fela's voice.

Even fela foresaw all these and sang about it when most of you urchins were not born.

Fêla foresaw Uche Ogar Abia/Apc saga?
Are you that dumb must you comment gibberish ?
Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by bigdammyj: 7:52am On Dec 10, 2022
Okay.
Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by nazicartel(m): 7:52am On Dec 10, 2022
BeardedMeat:
In 2019, a video went viral about this same Ogah guy thumb printing voting materials inside his sitting room.

He gave his opponents the knife to stab him and they stabbed and twisted it with relish.
Normal normal. His type of politics is a normal wetin concern me politics. He should have been the governor of Abia state by now. Maybe he's meant not to rule like Atiku
Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by unclejb2(m): 8:29am On Dec 10, 2022
This dance of shame
Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by opalu: 9:18am On Dec 10, 2022
Hmmm
Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by BeardedMeat(m): 9:31am On Dec 10, 2022
nazicartel:
Normal normal. His type of politics is a normal wetin concern me politics. He should have been the governor of Abia state by now. Maybe he's meant not to rule like Atiku
He should have been the governor by now because his father owns Abia state or what? When did he join active politics? Abegii.
Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by diadem10: 9:32am On Dec 10, 2022
cool
Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by sheriffindy(m): 9:35am On Dec 10, 2022
You are the dumb one trying to be smart with your otukpo brain.

Fela sang about all these Different shades of corruption from politicians that is happening now back in the 70's and 80's.

Make good use of your smartphone..dumbo!!
Dukeofotukpo:


Fêla foresaw Uche Ogar Abia/Apc saga?
Are you that dumb must you comment gibberish ?
Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by nazicartel(m): 9:37am On Dec 10, 2022
BeardedMeat:
He should have been the governor by now because his father owns Abia state or what? When did he join active politics? Abegii.
Are we going to start talking about what happened between him and Ikpeazu then?
Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by frog12: 11:15am On Dec 10, 2022
no be dis one talk nonsense of BUHARI ?
Re: APC Chieftain & Ex-Minister, Uche Ogah Convicted For Forgery by 5starMan: 1:16pm On Dec 10, 2022
Gkay1:
When u see someone supporting apc, u will see that 1or 2 thing(s) is /are missing in that person's life.
Apc na yeye party
Very true...
The day my cousin started supporting APC, he became foolish and all his reasoning became absurd.

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