Uyo High court on Thursday convicted and sentenced Professor Peter Ogban to serve three-year prison term after he was found guilty of fraudulent manipulation of election, publishing and announcing false results.
Recall that Ogban, a professor of soil science at the University of Calabar and the returning officer in the 2019 general election in Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District, was charged with manipulating the election results of two local government areas Oruk Anam and Etim Ekpo.
Ogban owned up to the court how the results of the election were manipulated to give undue advantages to the All Progressives Congress (APC) against its major opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Prosecution counsel, Clement Onwenwunor, presented five exhibits and called two lecturers, Dr. John Enoidem and Dr. Itemobong Ekaidem from the University of Uyo, as witnesses.
During cross-examination by the defence counsel, the witnesses, who are senior lecturers at the University of Uyo, stated that the results they presented were different from the ones the accused declared.
Mr. Ogban was prosecuted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the landmark case.