The presidential candidate of the United National Party for Development, Mrs. Ebiti Ndok, may miss the presidential election as she has been remanded in the Maximum Security Prison, Keffi, Nasarawa State, for issuing dud cheques to two hotels in Abuja.
The court ordered that she should be remanded till April 19, 2011.
Ndok was arraigned by the police before a Chief Magistrate's Court, Karu, Abuja on Thursday for issuing a N1,050,000 bounced cheque to Onnyx Hotel and Apartment, Abuja, where she lodged between November 20, 2010 and January 27, 2011 when she was evicted by the hotel management.
She allegedly issued another dud cheque to Hilton Suites, Abuja, for the sum of N500,000.
The candidate had lodged at the Onnyx Hotel and issued the cheque, which turned out to be dud, when the hotel took it to the bank.
A source at the hotel said that the police searched for Ndok for two months before they arrested her on Tuesday and arraigned her on Thursday.
The Federal Capital Territory Police Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh, confirmed to SATURDAY PUNCH that Ndok was arrested and arraigned in court for issuing dud cheques, an action he said was a criminal offence in the Penal Code.
He said, I can confirm that Ndok was arrested and charged to court for committing a criminal offence; that is, issuing dud cheques. The court has, however, remanded her in prison custody.