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Professor Arraigned in Court Over 2019 Electoral Malpractice

A professor of Soil Science in the University of Uyo, Prof. Peter Ogban, who was the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Returning Officer for the Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District in 2019, has been are arraigned before a high court in Ikot-Ikpene, Akwa Ibom State, over electoral malpractice.

Prof. Ogban was accused of altering election results, publishing and announcing fake results in two collation centres in the district, Etim Ekpo and Orik Anam Collation centres in the 2019 election.

Ogban who pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against him was granted bail by Justice Augustine Odokwa in the sum of N300,000 with two sureties. The case has now been adjourned till December 15, 2020, for the commencement of trial.

Upon his arraignment on Wednesday, Ogban pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Justice Augustine Odokwo granted him bail in the sum of N300,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned till December 15, 2020, for the commencement of trial.

The Resident Electoral Commission, Akwa Ibom State, Mr Mike Igini who spoke with newsmen said, “What you witnessed today in court is a follow-up on those who are not our staff, following our internal investigation done here, and also A follow- up on a request by the state office to the headquarters in Abuja.

“The commission was unequivocal that there would be severe consequences against any, no matter their status, who engage in acts of electoral malpractice capable of undermining the commission’s efforts to give meaning and purpose to the ballot as the best means of the expression of the will of the people in a democracy.”

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