A teacher from Nigeria finds himself in a hot soup and is sued by INEC for electoral fraud.
According to Vanguard, the INEC’s Akwa Ibom State Independent National Electoral Commission has sued the lecturer.
INEC is suing Professor Ignatius Uduk on charges of involvement in election fraud during the 2019 elections.
Professor Uduk, who was the collection and repatriation officer for the House of National Assembly elections in the Essien-Udim constituency during the last general election, is the second court-organized INEC lecturer on election rigging in the same election.
He was sued yesterday in the Uyo High Court on three counts; having waived his duties as a collection and return officer in the elections to the State House of Assembly and illegally accumulating points and entering them on the EC 8E (II) form, thereby committing an offense punishable under Article 122 § 1 of the Electoral Act 2010 d. and subsequent changes.
He was also accused of publicizing and disseminating false and false election results against and punished under section 123, paragraph 4, of the 2010 Elections Act, as amended.
He was also charged with perjury, in violation of section 119 (1) of the 2000 Akwa Ibom State Penal Code.
When considering the case, the defendant pleaded not guilty on three counts.
However, the defendant’s lawyer, Samuel Ndah, filed a petition for bail on behalf of his client, which was opposed by prosecution attorney Kpubari Sigalo.
Sigalo said the commission opposed the defendant’s bail motion due to its questionable nature.
Addressing reporters at the courthouse, INEC advisor Kpubari Sigalo said: “The last time we were before this distinguished court, the court issued a court order against the accused. I am very confident that he (the accused) applied for bail on the basis of a court order.
“So, today he did appear in court and granted his request, and his lawyer asked for bail. We actually opposed this request for bail. When we filed a counter-affidavit against bail, we saw in court that the case was adjourned on December 14 to decide on the same claim.
“The character of the accused actually prompted us to oppose his petition for bail. This is not the first problem we are dealing with. The other did not object to the request for bail, since the defendant voluntarily appeared in court.
“Prior to the last general election, the Commission stated very loudly and clearly that anyone who violates the electoral act of the 1999 constitution and other electoral guidelines would be harshly treated.”
According to Sigalo, the accused should not have declared anyone the winner after the elections, but only appeared in the electoral court to declare the opposite.
“And when the commission invited him to come and tell us, instead of the accused to come and tell us about what happened, he wrote a letter with the threat of fire and brimstone, that if the commission again invited him to come and explain something, continue to the competent court jurisdiction. This letter is in court “, he indicated
Presiding Judge Archibong Archibong updated the case to December 14, 2020 to rule on the request for bail.