Justice Augustine Odokwo of a Excessive court docket sitting in Akwa Ibom state on Thursday March 25 sentenced Peter Ogban, a professor of soil science on the College of Calabar, to a few years in jail after he was discovered responsible of manipulating election outcomes.
Ogban was the returning officer within the senatorial election in Akwa Ibom north-west in 2019. He was prosecuted by the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC).
The court docket discovered him responsible of altering outcomes of the election to favour the All Progressives Congress (APC) towards the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP).
In a earlier court docket session, Ogban had advised the court docket how the outcomes of the election have been falsified to offer the All Progressives Congress (APC) an unfair benefit over its most important rival, the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP).
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, was the APC candidate within the election and was looking for a return to the Senate, after he defected from the PDP. The PDP candidate, within the election was Chris Ekpenyong, a former deputy governor of the state.
The college lecturer, earlier than his sentencing, pleaded for mercy from the presiding decide.