Kogi Election Tribunal: Gov. Ododo Risks Imprisonment Over Disclaimed Affidavit


Unfolding development at the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting at the National Judiciary Institute, Abuja, indicated that Governor Usman Ahmed Ododo may likely be confronted with imprisonment in addition to losing his exalted office.

This followed evidence presented against him on Thursday, March 28, 2024 by the commissioner of Oath of the Federal High Court, who testified at the tribunal and pointedly said that the court affidavit attached to Usman Ahmed Ododo’s declaration of age was not from the oath office of the Court.

The Oath Commissioner specifically said that the affidavit which Governor Ododo claimed was issued to him on August 3, 2003 did not carry the features of their document, stressing that August 3, 2023 was a Saturday which was not a working day.

He said there was no ghost in their office who could have issued an affidavit on a weekend.

The affidavit was marked as an exhibit by the Tribunal

Section 484 of the Criminal Code states; “Any person who, with intent to defraud any person, falsely represents himself to be some other person, living or dead, is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for three years”.

Following the development, Governor Ododo was also accused of lying against Federal High court, a development that is seen as an offence punishable by law.

Similarly, Section 118 of the Criminal Code states; “Any person who commits perjury is liable to imprisonment for 14 years. If the offender commits the offence in order to procure the conviction of another person for an offence punishable with death or with imprisonment for life, he is liable to imprisonment for life”.

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