The High court in Akwa-Ibom has sentenced the Professor Peter Ogban of the University of Calabar to three years in prison for fraudulent manipulation of election results which led to the declaration of Senator Godswill Akpabio as the winner.
Ogban, who acted as the Collation-Returning Officer during the National Assembly elections, was standing trial for manipulating and falsifying the scores of election results in Oruk Anam and Etim Ekpo local government areas in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, accused the professor of soil science of publishing and announcing false results in two Local Government Areas, Oruk Anam, and Etim Ekpo.
Mr Ogban had earlier confessed before the court how results were falsified to give the ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC), an unfair advantage over the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Daily Trust reported.
The court, however, found him guilty of altering the results of the election to favour the APC against its main rival. Justice Augustine Odokwo, sentenced the accused to 36 months of correctional service in addition to paying N100,000 fine each for count 1and 2 after he pleaded for leniency.
While senator Godswill Akpabio was the candidate for the APC, Chris Ekpenyong was the candidate for the PDP.
Mr Ekpenyong, a former deputy governor in Akwa Ibom State, was eventually declared winner of the election, which ended up causing some level of violence in the senatorial district.