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Professor Sentenced To 3 Years Imprisonment Over Electoral Misconduct

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A professor of soil science at the University of Calabar, Ogban was the returning officer in Akwa Ibom North-West’s senatorial election in 2019.

Prof. Ogban was also accused of publishing and announcing false results of Oruk Anam and Etim Ekpo local government areas.

Ogban was prosecuted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the case was found guilty by the court of fraudulent manipulation of election results, publishing and announcing false results. He was as well fined N100,000.00.

Before the ruling on Thursday, Ogban pleaded for mercy from Justice Augustine Odokwo.

The judge however said there was not much he could do other than to let the law take its tune, adding that the prosecution has proved its case against the professor beyond any reasonable doubt.

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During trial, Ogban had told the court how the results of the election were falsified to give the All Progressives Congress (APC) an unwarranted advantage over its main rival, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in places like Oruk Anam where 5,000 fake votes were added to the APC’s score in the election.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, who was seeking to return to the senate, was the APC candidate in the election, while Chris Ekpenyong, a former deputy governor in Akwa Ibom State, was the candidate of PDP.

Ekpenyong defeated Akpabio in the election, which was marred by violence

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