APP national chair arraigned for alleged forgery

Kenneth Udeze

The National Chairman of the Action Alliance Party (APP), Kenneth Udeze, was on Monday arraigned at a Magistrates’ Court in Osogbo, Osun State, for alleged conspiracy and forgery.

The accused was arraigned on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, alteration and forgery.

The police prosecutor from the Office of the Assistant Inspector-General, AIG Zone X1, Mr. James Famuyini, told the court that the accused conspired with others at large to forge documents of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and thereby committed an offence.

The accused was also alleged to have altered the INEC document and presented same to the commission during the governorship primary election in Osun State last year.

The accused pleaded not guilty.

Defence counsel Wemimo Animasahun urged the court to grant his client bail in self recognition, noting that he is a lawyer of 15 years at the bar.

He prayed the court to grant the accused bail in the most liberal term, promising that he would not jump bail.

The police prosecution opposed the bail for the accused person, saying he has been evading arrest for more than one year.

Ruling, Magistrate Rofiyat Olayemi, who noted that the offences are bailable, said bail is a constitutional right of the accused.

She granted the accused N200,000 bail with two sureties in the like sum.

Olayemi said one of the sureties must be a civil servant not below level 5 and must be resident in Osun State.

She added that the second surety must be an indigene of Imo State where the accused hailed from and must live in Osun State.

The judge adjourned the case till November 5