Igwe Peter Anukwu Uyanwa, the politician-turned traditional ruler of Ukwulu, in Dunukofia Local Government Area, has been arraigned before the Federal High court sitting in Awka on a three-count charge of forgery, false pretence and acts intended to mislead the court.
Uyanwa who contested the Anaocha/Dunukofia/Njikoka Federal Constituency seat in 2014 was charged with presenting a false result of the election conducted on December 7, 2014, with the intention of being declared the winner of the said election.
He was also charged with presenting the forged result in court when the result was contested with the aim of convincing the court that he was indeed the winner of that election.
Also, Igwe Uyanwa was charged with presenting the same forged result as an exhibit to be used for a favourable judgment.
The three-count charges read, “That you Peter Anukwu Uyanwa ‘M’, on 7th day of December 2014 within the judicial division of this honourable court, did make a forged document, knowing it to be false or with intent that it may in any way be used or acted upon as genuine result that any person may, in the belief that it it is genuine, be induced to pass judgment that you are the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Federal /Senatorial Constituency Anaocha/Dunukofia/Njikoka Election, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 2 (C) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004;
That you Peter Anukwu Uyanwa ‘M’, sometime in the year 2015 within the judicial division of this honourable court with intent to mislead the Federal High Court Awka in a judicial proceeding instituted by you, did fabricate evidence in order to be declared the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Federal/Senatorial Anaocha/Dunukofia/Njikoka Election that took place on 7th December, 2014, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 120 (1) and punishable under Section120 (2) of the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 Laws of the Federation, 2014;
That you Peter Anukwu Uyanwa ‘M’, some time in the year 2015 within the judicial division of this honourable court Awka, did knowingly give false testimony touching the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Federal/Senatorial Constituency Anaocha/Dunukofia/Njikoka Election that took place on 7th December, 2014, intending that it would be used in the said proceeding for judgment in your favour and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 117 and punishable under Section 118 of the Criminal Code Act CAP ‘C38’ Laws of the Federation, 2004.
In the proof of evidence, five people were lined up to testify as witnesses. These were Eze Nwakeze, Professor Adewale Oladipo, Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha, Chief Reginald Undenze, DSP (retired) and Mr.Maji Michael, a Chief Superintendent of Police.
The witnesses would during the trial present copies of the result sheet for Uyanwa, result sheet of his opponent in the election, Dr. Okey Eze, affidavit deposed to by Oladipo and Mustapha and a forensic report dated 18 May 2018 signed by Chief Reginald Udenze.
Uyanwa was arraigned in the Federal High Court, Awka on Monday where he pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail while the matter was adjourned to October 31, 2018.
He, however, remained in prison custody till Wednesday when he met his bail conditions.