The Akwa-Ibom High Court has sentenced a professor of the University of Calabar, Peter Ogban, to three years in prison for electoral fraud. Ogban manipulated the polls and announced false election result during the 2019 general elections.
Ogban had in 2019 served as the returning officer in the senatorial election in Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District in 2019 and he was said to have manipulated results from Oruk Anam and Etim Ekpo Local Government Areas in favor of the APC candidate, Godswill Akpabio who was seeking reelection to the Senate.
The prosecutor of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, told the court that the accused altered the results of the election to favour the All Progressives Congress, APC candidate Godswill Akpabio against his main rival, Chris Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Meanwhile, Counsel to the defendant, Anthony Ekpe, prayed the court to pardon the accused, saying the act for which he was found guilty had no effect on the said elections.
He argued that as respected and highly sought after professor, Ogban should not be deprived of his freedom.
In his ruling, the Presiding Judge, Justice Augustine Odokwo, sentenced the accused to 36 months of correctional service and told to pay a fine of N100,000 for count 2 and 1 respectively, after the accused had pleaded for leniency.