Akpabio: APC celebrates professor’s conviction, labels him ‘agent of PDP’

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The ruling All progressives Congress (APC) has applauded the conviction of Prof. Peter Ogban for electoral fraud. 

Ogban, who was the collation/returning officer during the National Assembly elections for Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District in 2019 was on Thursday sentenced to three years in jail.

He was accused by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of tampering with election results in Oruk Anam and Etim Ekpo local government areas in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which had former governor Godswill Akpabio as senatorial candidate.

Akpabio who is now the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs lost the election to Chris Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In reaction on Friday through its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, the APC said the judgement has vindicated the party, describing Ogban as an “agent of PDP”. 

“We celebrate the Court’s pronouncement jailing one of the agents of the PDP used against our candidate (Akpabio) in the senatorial election in Akwa Ibom north-west in 2019,” he said.

“We always believe that ‘if a lie goes for twenty years, the truth will meet it one day’. This judgement is significant in the sense that others like Prof. Ogban in the system should henceforth know that under the present Federal Government-APC’s administration, justice will always prevail,” he said.

He called on Nigerians to disregard the attempt by the PDP to misinform the general public on the real issue.