A High court judge sitting in Akwa Ibom state, justice Augustine Odokwo on Thursday March 25 sentenced Peter Ogban, a professor of soil science at the University of Calabar, to three years behind bars after he was found guilty of manipulating figures in election results.
Prof. Ogban was the returning officer in the senatorial election in Akwa Ibom north-west back in 2019 elections.. He was prosecuted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He was found guilty of altering results of the election to favour the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Prior to this latest court session, Ogban had told the court how the results of the election were falsified to give the All Progressives Congress (APC) an unfair advantage over its main rival, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, was the APC candidate in the election and was seeking a return to the Senate, after he decamped from the PDP. The PDP candidate, in the election was Chris Ekpenyong, a former deputy governor of the state.
The university don, before his sentencing, pleaded for mercy from the presiding judge.