Despite being interrogated and granted administrative bail, the senator representing Abia North and a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mao Ohuabunwa, is still under investigation over what happened during the February 23 National Assembly elections in Arochukwu Local Government Area, police sources have revealed.
Ohuabunwa, who was the PDP candidate for Abia North Senatorial district, was, last week, quizzed by the police in Umuahia, capital of Abia State, over complaints regarding the elections in his local government, where cases of illegal thump-printing of ballot papers, filling of result sheets, ahead of election and violence occurred.
Electoral malpractices in Ohuabunwa’s Arochukwu council were detected by a police Inspector attached to one of the polling units, who notified army personnel on duty.
The soldiers later apprehended the culprits and handed them over the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Arochukwu.
Preliminary investigation showed that a Collation Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for Arochukwu collaborated with PDP chieftains to perpetrate the electoral fraud in the local council.
Ohuabunwa had been invited by the police, interrogated by the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Umuahia, and released a few days ago, on administrative bail.
Sources said the senator may be invited to report to the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Abuja, alongside his security details, and the INEC collation officer arrested on election day.
It was gathered that the police authorities have formally written to the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Abia State, Mr. Joseph Ilo, to release the youth corps members and other INEC ad hoc staff, who served in the polling unit being interrogated.
The police is also looking into what happened at Nkporo and Abam, where agents of the PDP tried to manipulated electoral process.