Former PDP national chairman Vincent Ogbulafor has been discharged and acquitted in a case of fraud amounting to N170million.
A high court in Abuja led by Justice Ishaq Bello on Thursday said it had no evidence to prove that Ogbulafor was guilty of receiving a bribe from Mr Emeka Ebila, former secretary of the National Economic Intelligence Committee, during the Obasanjo administration. Ebila was found guilty.
The ICPC had charged Ogbulafor, Ebila and Jude Nwokoro with committing a fraud of N170 million on the issuance of fake documents and payment of money for non-existent contracts in 2001. At the time, Ogbulafor was the minister of special duties and Ebila was secretary of NEIC.
The case was, however, resurrected in 2010 to pave way for Ogbulafor’s removal as PDP national chairman. He had publicly voiced support for “power shift” to the north when it became obvious that the then president, Umaru Yar’Adua, might not complete his tenure.