Nigerian professor to spend three years in prison

INEC found Ogban guilty of publishing and reporting fake results
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Summary

  • INEC found Ogban guilty of publishing and reporting fake results
  • Ogban acted as the returning officer in 2019 senatorial election
  • Peter Ogban will be imprisoned for the next three years

Professor of soil science at the University of Calabar, Peter Ogban, will be imprisoned for the next three years.

A high court in Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, has jailed him for fraudulently manipulating election results.

In the 2019 senatorial election in Akwa Ibom North-West, Ogban acted as the returning officer.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) found Ogban guilty of publishing and reporting fake results in two local government areas – Oruk Anam and Etim Ekpo – in order to help the All Progressives Congress (APC) beat its key competitor, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He was found guilty of the two counts levied against him by the court.

Augustine Odoko, the presiding judge, ordered him to pay a fine of N100,000 on count one, and three years in prison without the possibility of a fine on count two.

In a previous court appearance, Ogban explained how he tampered with election results to give the APC an unfair advantage over the PDP.

The APC nominee in the election was Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, who was seeking re-election to the Senate after defecting from the PDP.

However, in a tumultuous race, he was defeated by PDP nominee Chris Ekpenyong, a former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State.

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