A professor of soil science at the University of Calabar, Peter Ogban has been sentenced to prison for manipulating election results.
A high court in Akwa Ibom State on Thursday which was presided over by Justice Augustine Odokwo, found him guilty of manipulating the 2019 senatorial election in Akwa Ibom north-west in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ogban who was the returning officer for the poll, was dragged before the court by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The court found him guilty of altering results from the election and therefore sentenced him to three years in prison.
He was found guilty of manipulating the election results of two local government areas – Oruk Anam and Etim Ekpo and apart from the prison term, the Professor was also fined N100,000.
Naija News recalls the current Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godwill Akpabio was the APC candidate in the election. but was defeated by the PDP candidate, Chris Ekpenyong.
Before the election, Akpabio had defected from the PDP to the APC.
Professor Ogban pleaded for mercy before his sentence was pronounced by the judge.
Meanwhile, former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has warned that Nigeria needs a lot of bridge-building and understanding to remain one undivided country.
Naija News reports that the former minister under President Olusegun Obasanjo made this known in a post on his Twitter handle on Thursday.
Fani-Kayode in his social media post lamented that the “fault lines & cracks are getting wider by the day.”
According to the PDP chieftain, the allure if ethnic nationalism appears to be unstoppable.