Saturday, May 27, 2023

May 29: Umo Eno’s inauguration as Akwa Ibom governor sacrosanct – Udom’s aide

The Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State on Media, Rev Richard Peters has said that the inauguration of the Governor-elect, Pastor Umo Eno by May 29 is non negotiable.

Peters made the assertion in an interview on Saturday following the speculation and reports that Eno would not be sworn in due to alleged “certificate forgery”case instituted by the governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party, Senator. Bassey Akpan.

Akpan has told the tribunal that Eno was not at the time of the election qualified to contest because he presented a forged WAEC June 1981 certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during his nomination by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a case which has been ruled by the Supreme Court in favour of Pastor Eno.

Udom’s aide, describing the narrative as a propaganda, wondered why the YPP candidate could not focus on reclaiming his alleged stolen mandate but to delve into a matter that had since been addressed by the Supreme Court.

According to him, “there are rumours on social media by those who failed the election that Umo Eno will not be sworn in.

“This is just the figment of imagination of these oppositions. Umo Eno won the election convincingly and there is nothing anybody can do about it.

“The Supreme Court has verified him qualified. They want to twist facts and figures by abandoning the document they took to the tribunal and start chasing shadows, trying to exhume dead case, a case that has long been put to death by the Supreme Court.

“Umo Eno is the authentic candidate of the party despite the sponsored litigations: he passed through those hurdles and won so what will make him not to be sworn in?”




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