Edo APC Chair Calls For Arrest Of PDP Candidate, Ighodalo

Asue Ighodalo,

Jarret Tenebe, acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Edo State chapter, has asked the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, to arrest and prosecute the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Asue Ighodalo.

His prosecution call is based on the premise that Ighodalo allegedly forged his voter’s card.

The Chairman, who made this call in a letter dated July 3rd, said he was petitioning in his capacity as a voter and a law-abiding citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, “whose interest would be affected if a non-qualified person is allowed to participate or is elected.”

According to him, Ighodalo allegedly presented forged documents to INEC and the general public.

“That the said Asuerinme Ighodalo has also presented same documents with a view of misleading the general public to rely on same to be true in claiming his party ticket based on a fraudulent and crooked foundation.

“That the said Asuerinme Ighodalo presented a voter’s card with VIN no. 90FS B195 4629 6818 630 purported to have been issued to him by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) having been registered at Unit 3 Idiror-Idirior Primary School in Ewohinmi Ward 1 in Esan SouthEast Local Government Area of Edo State, whereas he claimed to have transferred same from Lagos to Edo and such a card or registration is not found in any of the INEC Register (CTC copy attached herewith).

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“That a certified true copy of the voter register obtained from the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) revealed that the said Asuerinme Ighodalo is not a registered voter in Unit 3 of Ward 1 in Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State as claimed (also attached herewith),” he petitioned

Tenebe furthered that he believed that the voter card being paraded by Ighodalo was forged.

Reacting, Olu Martins, Deputy Director, Media and Publicity of the Asue/Ogie Campaign Management Council, said: “The case is subjudice because one of the aspirants, Anselm Ojezua, is in court on the same issue.

“The APC acting chairman is interested in headlines. It is only INEC that can say that its document has been forged because it has the power to prosecute. People should not take him seriously.

“The same Tenebe a few months ago accused his now-newfound friend, the impeached former Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, of stealing his wristwatch.

“What he is doing is to divert people from focusing on their incapable and incompetent governorship candidate.”