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Court remands Ondo PDP chieftains in prison for alleged fraud

Court remands Ondo PDP chieftains in prison for alleged fraud

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Tuesday, July 10, ordered that the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo state, Clement Faboyede, and the director-general of the party’s campaign organisation, Modupe Adetokunbo, be remanded in prison custody till Thursday, July 19.

The duo were earlier arraigned before Justice Saidu Hassam on Friday, June 29, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N500 million fraud.

Justice Saidu, had after their arraignment, ordered that they should be remanded in prison, pending their trial, which is slated for Wednesday, September 19.

However, after hearing of their bail application, the court ordered that they should return to prison custody pending when ruling on their bail applications would be delivered.

Arguing their application for bail, their counsel, Eyitayo Jegede said: “The essence of this motion is to seek the temporary release of the defendants pending trial. They were given administrative bail by the EFCC during investigation and they never jumped bail. I urged the court not to grant bail on excessive conditions but on liberal terms and possibly on self-recognizance.”

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Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, on Saturday, June 30, advised the PDP to encourage Faboyede, to prove his innocence before a competent court of law, instead of resorting to blackmail.

Alex Kalejaye, APC publicity secretary in Ondo state, said the resolve of the PDP to turn an attack on the ruling party, instead of planning how to defend one of its principals betrays the weakness of its defense.

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