A Professor of Soil Scuence at the University of Calabar, Peter Ogban has been found guilty of fraudulent manipulation of election results, and of publishing and announcing false results by the Akwa Ibom State High Court.
Professor Ogban, who was a returning officer in the 2019 general elections in Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District, was charged for manipulating the election results of two local government areas – Oruk Anam and Etim Ekpo. He was jailed for three years.
The university don was said to have falsified election results in the two local governments to give the All Progressives Congress (APC) an unfair advantage over its main rival, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, was the APC candidate in the election, while a former Deputy Governor of the state, Chris Ekpenyong was the candidate of the PDP.