An Akwa Ibom State High Court has sentenced Professor Peter Ogban, a professor of Soil Science at the University of Calabar, to three years in prison for manipulating election results.
Professor Ogban was the Returning Officer in the Senatorial Election in Akwa Ibom North-West in 2019 general elections.
The suit was filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against Professor Ogban on the grounds of altering election results.
He was found guilty of altering results of the election in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This a warning signal to would be Returning Officers planning to manipulate elections in favour of a candidate or party in subsequent elections.