By John Imade (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Former ruling party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), is confident that more electoral offenders will be prosecuted in the wake of the conviction and sentencing of a university lecturer, Peter Ogban.
The PDP, via a statement on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, lauded the country’s judiciary for its courage to stand on the side of truth, following the conviction of Ogban, a professor of soil science at the University of Calabar, who served as the returning officer in the 2019 Akwa Ibom North-West senatorial district election won by the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Ogban was found guilty of two counts of falsification of election results and announcing fake results by an Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Ikot Ekpene. He was ordered to pay a fine of N100,000 on count one and sentenced to three years imprisonment without an option of a fine on the second count.
Following the judgement, the PDP described the court’s decision as a huge lesson for compromised individuals working with politicians to subvert the will of the people.