A High Court sitting in Akwa-Ibom state, has sentenced a Professor of Soil Science at the University of Calabar (UNICAL), Peter Ogban, to three years imprisonment over involvement in fraudulent manipulation of election results.
Mr Ogban, who was the returning officer in the senatorial election in Akwa Ibom North-West in 2019, was accused of publishing and announcing false results in two Local Government Areas – Etim Ekpo and Oruk Anam.
He was prosecuted at a State High Court in Ikot Ekpene by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) , as the court found him guilty of altering results of the election in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against its main rival, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
Prof. Ogban in a previous court session had told the court how the results of the election were falsified to give the APC an unfair advantage over the PDP.
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, was the APC candidate in the election. He was seeking a return to the Senate after his defection from the PDP.
PDP’s candidate, Chris Ekpenyong, a former Deputy-Governor in Akwa-Ibom state, defeated Akpabio in the election which was gripped by violence.
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