More pressure mounts on A’Ibom gov to drop PDP guber candidate

By Isaac Job

Governor Udom Emmanuel has received more pressure to dump Akwa Ibom Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Pastor Umo Eno over alleged certificate forgery case pending at Federal High Court, Uyo, the state capital.

Supporters have requested the party and Emmanuel to substitute Pastor Umo Eno over discrepancies in his O’level certificate and date of birth as judgement from the court may spell doom for PDP in the state.

The Trumpet gathered that the credentials submitted to the PDP screening committee by Eno shows that he was admitted into the University of Uyo in 1998 for his first degree, and bagged a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Public Administration in 2002.

But West African Examination Council (WAEC) results of 1981 and 1983 used to secure admission, revealed that he failed Mathematics (a compulsory subject) in both sittings.

This has generated controversies as Akwa Ibom people query why the PDP and Governor Udom insist on a candidate with questionable credentials as low as school certificate.

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Residents of the state described the scandal as most unfortunate and that for PDP insisting on pastor Umo Eno especially when there are credible persons that befit the office, something must be fishy.

Speaking to The Trumpet in Uyo on Sunday President of PDP Minders Forum (PMF),Mr Idorenyin Umana pointed out that “as a group, we are embarrassed by the ongoing certificate forgery scandal involving the governorship candidate of our party, Mr. Umo Eno. But we are even more concerned with the fact that the scandal has dragged the image of the University of Uyo, into the mud.

“All the evidence in public space points to the fact that Umo Eno’s admission into the University of Uyo in 1998 was dubious.

“In Nigeria, every student seeking admission into the University is expected to score a minimum of five credits including Mathematics and English in his or her O’level result. But according to Umo Eno’s WAEC results, he failed Mathematics in two years he sat for the examination.

He said the University of Uyo cannot be absolved from this scandal as those who were in charge of Umo Eno’s admission must come and explain how it happened.

Another resident in the state Effiong Udoma noted that Umo Eno is gasping for breath as far as the controversies and allegations about his certificate forgery and falsification of date of birth were concerned.

He said all the evidence in the public domain indicate danger ahead of Umo Eno’s political career and the PDP in the state

He therefore urged governor Udom Emmanuel and the PDP to prevail on pastor Umo Eno to withdraw from the race and allow the party to produce more candidate for 2023 general election in the state.

” PDP should now rely on section 33 of the Electoral Act and substitute its candidate without further delay” he said

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