Following the recent defection of Senator Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah (YPP) representing Anambra South Senatorial District at the Red Chambers to the Ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), speculations are rife that the move became expedient to give him a ‘soft landing’ in an ongoing criminal case brought against him and his company by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON)
According to a story published by The Daily Punch of 14th June , 2023, Ubah was being tried for “falsifying the actual value of certain assets transferred to AMCON under a consent judgment obtained in 2012.”
From the days of President Buhari, there is this popular belief that politicians who have corruption cases have ‘their sins forgiven’ once they join the ruling party.
The story from Daily Punch reads as follows:
“The Federal High Court in Lagos, on Tuesday, fixed October 18 for the arraignment of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and his firm, Capital Oil and Gas, over alleged indebtedness to the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria.
The Federal Government, in 2019, filed eight counts, bordering on conspiracy and making false claims against Ubah and his firm, in which they were accused of falsifying the actual value of certain assets transferred to AMCON under a consent judgment obtained in 2012.
On Tuesday, Justice Nicholas Oweibo fixed the arraignment date after the Federal Government complained that the defendant had consistently failed to appear before the court to take their plea.
The judge directed that a summons be issued on Ubah and his firm, through his counsel,Mrs Ifeoma Esom, for his appearance in court on the adjourned date.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Mr Tunde Lawal, made an application for the judge to issue a warrant for Ubah’s arrest.
But the defence counsel, objected to Lawal’s prayer; telling the court that the matter was for a report of settlement/plea.
She added that her team had only just been informed that the settlement had failed and that it was on the basis of the settlement that Ubah was absent.
However, the prosecutor argued that a settlement could not be reported on the matter, as it was a criminal case.
He said parties could decide to settle outside the court but could not make that part of the business of a criminal court.
The judge, in his ruling, declined issued a bench warrant for Ubah’s arrest, but warned that the defendant risked an arrest warrant should he fail to appear on the next date of adjournment for his arraignment.”