The Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Research and Documentation Hon Essien Ndueso has lambasted rumour mongers who predicted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the state pastor Umo Eno will be convicted at Appeal Court for alleged forgery.
The party candidate had won the case last month at Uyo Federal High Court presided by Justice Aghatha Okeke.
But former Commissioner for Economic Development and Ibom Deep sea who also contested the PDP. governorship primary election with Umo Eno appealed the case at Appeal Court sitting in Abuja.
Ndueso described the rumoured imprisonment of Umo Eno at the Appeal Court as ‘another failed dart by disgruntled politicians’.
“It is only people who lack a second address and have over time lived off the common patrimony of the people that will engage in desperate measures and antics to maneuver themselves into political power.
“If they had made use of the opportunities they found themselves to create business hubs and become major entrepreneurs, then politics would have not been a do or die affair for them.
“Because the rejected political merchants have come to realize that the Umo Eno movement is unstoppable as it continues to gain massive support from all Akwa Ibom people, they now believe that the only solution is to concoct a flimsy, lousy, fable tale that smacks nothing short of mischief and political frustration against the State PDP Governorship Candidate.”
Ndueso said politicians have sponsored false news that the Magistrate court in Abuja has issued a warrant arrest on the PDP governorship candidate adding such never occurred anywhere.
“What level of frustration could drive a politician to sponsor false news that a Chief Magistrate Court in Wuse 5 has issued a warrant of arrest on the Akwa Ibom State PDP governorship candidate?
“What gratification do such political jobbers derive in unleashing lazy attack dogs on social media to celebrate that Senator Bassey Albert of the YPP is by this development not the only convict standing election?
“Do these not depict that the pretenders have possibly sold their brains to the devil?” he queried
He stated that the courts in Nigeria had embarked on Christmas break which prompted the setting up of special vacation courts to look into urgent pre-election matters.
He wondered how the Chief Magistrate court in Abuja sit over the governorship candidate of the PDP on the 23rd of December 2023
Essien observed that the plaintiff in the purported case was one fictitious Edet Godwin Etim and imagined how the PDP Governorship candidate cheat him to warrant the “conviction” adding that someone can not be tried and convicted without his charges being read to him.
“If a federal high court in Lagos lacked jurisdictional power to convict Senator Bassey Albert for a crime committed in Uyo, which constitution did the Abuja Magistrate Court derive its power to ‘convict’ a party’s candidate who resides in Akwa Ibom?
“Since 23rd December 2022, Pastor Umo Eno has been going on campaigns across the State, and this conviction warrant has not been effected. Is it going to be effected after his full tenure in 2031?
“The truth is that the chickens have come home to roost, and having lost it all they are looking for dead straws to grab and clutch to avoid drowning. “he said
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