By Ayo Kehinde
In a landmark case prosecuted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),a professor of soil science at the University of Calabar, Peter Ogban was on Thursday sentenced to three years imprisonment for alleged roles in the manipulation of election results.
Ogban, was a returning officer in the 2019 general elections in Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District which featured Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, who was the APC candidate for the App Progressives Congress, APC while ex-Deputy Governor, Chris Ekpenyong, was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Professor Ogban was charged for manipulating the election results of two local government areas – Oruk Anam and Etim Ekpo.
.Delivering judgment on Thursday, the High Court in Akwa-Ibom State, presided over by Justice Odokwo, found Prof Ogban guilty of fraudulent manipulation, publishing and announcing of false results. He was sentenced to three years imprisonment and fined N100,000
The PDP candidate, Chris Ekpenyong, a former deputy governor in Akwa Ibom State, defeated Mr Akpabio in the election.