Edo:Another PDP stalwart docked for voters’ card fraud



Another stalwart of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mrs Felicia Enegbeta, 62 has been arraigned for offences relating to voters’ card fraud and procurement and dealing in INEC Voters’ Cards contrary to Section 124(5) and punishable under Section 120(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

Charged under no MEV/82C/2012, Enegbeta who is the secretary and public relations officer of the party in unit 5 ward 6, in Ubiaja, Esan South East LGA of Edo State, was arraigned before the Evboriara Magistrate Court in Benin City on Thursday.

She was charged on three counts wit, That you, Felicia Enegbeta ‘F’ on the 17th May, 2012 in the Ubiaja Magistrate Court Jurisdiction did conspire with others now at large to commit an offence to wit: procurement and dealing in INEC Voters’ Cards contrary to Section 124(5) and punishable under Section 120(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

That you Felicia Enegbeta ‘F’ on the 17th May, 2012 in the Ubiaja Magistrate Court Jurisdiction did unlawfully procure and deal in INEC Voters’ Card belonging to persons other than as provided in the Act, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 120(1)(d) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

That you Felicia Enegbeta ‘F’ on the 17th May, 2012 in the Ubiaja Magistrate Court Jurisdiction did have in your possession without lawful excuse, one voters’ card belonging to one Paul Aizekhe ‘M’ and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 120(1)(c) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

Amongst PDP chieftains and other party faithful who witnessed Enegbeta’s arraignment on Thursday was Senator Odion Ugbesia, the PDP Senator representing Edo Central in the National Assembly and father in-law to Chief Anthony Anenih, former Minister of Works and chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees.

Enegbeta joins the list of PDP members being docked for voters’ card offences. The others who were earlier charged under no MOA/22C/2012 at the Afuze Magistrate Court on Tuesday include Richard Usikhifo, 61, PDP secretary, Imafun Quarters, Otuo, Segun Omoarebu aka Ebor, 40, PDP ward 8 secretary, Otuo and Ajayi Ohikhuemi, 30, PDP youth leader, Imafun Quarters in Otuo, Owan East LGA of Edo State.

The three persons were alleged to have conspired in the procurement and dealing in INEC Voters Cards contrary to section 124(5) and punishable under section 120 (!) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

The three accused persons have four counts listed against them. They include: That you, Richard Usikhifo ‘M’, Segun Omoarebu ‘M’ and Ajayi Ohikhuemi ‘M’ sometime in the month of May 2012 at Imafun Quaters in Otuo, in the Afuze Magisterial District, did unlawfully conspire to commit an offence, to wit: procurement and dealing in INEC Voters Cards contrary to Section 124(5) and punishable under Section 120(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

That you, Richard Usikhifo ‘M’ sometime in the month of May 2012 at Imafun Quarters in Otuo, in the Afuze Magisterial District, did unlawfully procure and deal in INEC Voters’ Cards belonging to persons other than as provided in the Act, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 120 (1)(d) of the Electoral Act 2012 as amended.

That you, Segun Omoarebu ‘M’ on or about the 13th day of May 2012 at Imafun Quarters Otuo in the Afuze Magisterial District, did have in your possession without lawful excuse, Seventy (70) INEC Voters’ Cards belonging to other persons, and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 120(1)(c) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

That you, Ajayi Ohikhuemi ‘M’ sometime in the month of May 2012 at Imafun Quarters Otuo, in the Afuze Magisterial District, being a person entitled to a Voters Card, gave it to one Mr Richard Usikhifo, who is not an officer appointed and acting in the course of his duty under the Electoral Act, for use at an election, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 120(1) (a) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

The case has been adjourned to the 19th of June, 2012.

 

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