- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has hailed the high court's judgement on Professor Ogban
- Ogban was sentenced to three years imprisonment on Thursday, March 25, over election manipulation
- The opposition party, however, said that APC won the 2019 general elections by rigging
Hours after the high court in Akwa-Ibom sent Professor Peter Ogban to prison for manipulating election results during the 2019 senatorial election in Akwa Ibom Northwest, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted.
Legit.ng gathered that the convict is a professor of soil science at the University of Calabar, who was the returning officer in the election.
He was sent to three years in prison for manipulating election results in favour of Godswill Akpabio, the then-APC candidate.
Vanguard also reports that in a statement issued on Thursday, March 25, by Kola Ologbondiyan, national publicity secretary of the PPD, the party alleged that the APC bribed some professors to rig the 2019 general election for its candidates.
He said the ruling would serve as a deterrent to electoral officials who are planning to work for the APC “to subvert the will of the people” in 2023.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a high court in Akwa Ibom state on Thursday, March 25, sentenced Professor Ogban to jail.
It was reported that he was arrested for manipulating election results to favour the APC when he was the returning officer in the senatorial election in Akwa Ibom Northwest in 2019.
In a related report, the PDP described the claim by the APC that it would remain in power at the federal level for the next 26 years as a mere hallucination.
The spokesperson for the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement issued on Tuesday, March 23, said Nigerians have already resolved to vote the ruling party out of power in 2023.
Ologbondiyan accused the APC of making bogus claims of registering 36 million Nigerians in its recent registration and revalidation exercise.