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Professor jailed for manipulating election result

A Nigerian professor, Peter Ogban, was on Thursday sentenced to three years in prison for election fraud by a high Court in Akwa-Ibom State.

Prof Ogban was also fined N100,000 fine after being found guilty of fraudulent manipulation of election results, publishing and announcing of false results.

Mr Ogban, a professor of soil science, University of Calabar, and a returning officer in the 2019 general elections in Akwa Ibom North-West District, was charged for manipulating the election results of two local government areas – Oruk Anam and Etim Ekpo.

During the trial, Prof Ogban had revealed how the results of the election were falsified to give the All Progressives Congress (APC) an unfair advantage over its main rival, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

For instance, some 5,000 fake votes were added to the APC’s score in Oruk Anam, in the election, he disclosed.

The beneficiary of his election fraud was a former governor of the state, Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs who was the APC candidate in the election.

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