Lecturers testify against Prof facing electoral fraud case

Two senior lecturers of the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Dr John Enoidem and Dr Itemobong Ekaidem, on Monday confirmed votes manipulation during the 2019 election at the resume hearing of the case between Independent National Electoral Commission and Prof. Peter Ogban. Ogban who served as INEC Returning Officer for the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District election during the election is standing over alleged manipulation and falsification of election results. The prosecution counsel, Clement Onwenwunor, tendered five exhibits and called the two witnesses who were both cross examined by the defense counsel. The witnesses, who served as collation officers for Orukamam and Etim Ekpo LGAs respectively, told the Akwa Ibom State High Court presided by justice Augustine Odokwo, in their separate testimonies that the results they presented was different from the one declared by the accused. In the Oruk Anam LGA election result, Enoidem noted that while his result showed that the APC scored 10,534 votes and the PDP 25,123 votes, the one declared by the accused had the APC with15,534 votes and the PDP 20,123 votes, thereby reducing the votes for the PDP by 5,000 and increasing that for the APC by 5,000. Also Dr Ekaidem, said that while his collated result for Etim Ekpo LGA showed that the APC scored 2,671 votes and the PDP 6,603 the result finally declared by the accused was 5,671 votes for the APC and 3,306 for the PDP. Justice Odokwo adjourned the case till Tuesday, January,26, 2021, for the defense counsel to present its case.

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