By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
A former National Chairman of the Action Alliance (AA), Mr Kenneth Udeze has been rearraigned before an Osun State Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo on a three-count charge of conspiracy, fraud and forgery.
A Charge Sheet No MO/171/2021 made available to media in Kaduna on Tuesday by Hon. Adekunle Rufa’i Omo-Aje, the National Chairman of AA, stated that Kenneth Udeze was arraigned alongside former National Secretary of the party, Mr James Vernibe and one Ogunmodede Oluwagbemi.
The statement further said that the three accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.
The embattled former National Chairman of AA had earlier been remanded in Ilesa Correctional Centre custody after he was arraigned before the court.
Udeze who was recently expelled by the leadership of the party, was arrested by operatives of Zone 11 of the Nigerian Police Force, with headquarters in Osogbo.
The former AA national chairman was also alleged to have replaced the name of the duly elected governorship candidate of the party in Osun State with another person during the 2018 governorship election held in the state.
Appearing before the court on Tuesday, Udeze and other defendants were granted provisional bail by Magistrate Adebola Ajanaku who presided over the court.
Magistrate Ajanaku also ruled that all the sureties standing in for the accused persons should appear in court on 25th May, 2021 being the next adjourned date.
According to the charge sheet read in court, Udeze and other defendants had in July 2018 conspired to commit felony and fraud, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under section 516 of the criminal code, laws of Osun State.
Also, Udeze was alleged to have fraudulently ultered the documents of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and presented same as original.
The offence was said to be contrary to the provisions of section 468 and punishable under section 469 of the criminal code, laws of Osun State.
However, counsel to the defendants, Mr M O Olaniyan urged the court to allow his clients enjoy the bail already granted them by the court.
Although, the Police Prosecutor, Mr Olufemi Olanipekun had opposed the bail application, the court held that the accused persons be allowed to enjoy the bail already granted them.
Magistrate Ajanaku after granting the accused persons bail, adjourned the case to 25th May, 2021.