Professor jailed for manipulating election result to favor Akpabio
Professor jailed for manipulating election result to favor Akpabio at the high court in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State on Thursday, the 25th of March.
On Thursday, March 25, A high court in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State sentenced Peter Ogban, a professor at the University of Calabar, to three years in prison for announcing false election results in 2019 general elections.
The professor of science who served as the officer returning in the senatorial election in Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District in 2019. He was alleged to have presented false results from Oruk Anam and Etim Ekpo Local Government Areas.
The prosecutor, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, informed the court that Prof Ogban changed the results of the election to be in favor of the All Progressives Congress, APC, which is different from its core rival, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The result was manipulated to give precedence to the APC candidate, Godswill Akpabio who was was seeking reelection into the state as a senator.
Reports show that Ogban had told the court how the results of the election were falsified to give the APC an unfair advantage over PDP in the initial court session.
By falsifying these results, Akpabio came out successful in the elections but it he clearly did not deserve it. And it has taken 2 years to be discover this news. Kudos to the electoral commission for following up on this for so long and ensuring that justice is served at the end of the day.
Chris Ekpenyong, a former deputy governor in Akwa Ibom State, the PDP’s candidate, defeated Mr. Akpabio in the election which was full of so much violence and chaos.
Much later, Akpabio was appointed as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The fact the truth is showing up now proves how corrupt the political system is in Nigeria. The electoral commission needs to put in a lot of work to ensure that they properly secure votes to prevent this from reoccuring.
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