There is palpable tension in the Akwa Ibom People’s Democratic Party governorship candidate’s camp, Umo Eno, as the Federal High Court in Uyo, is billed to deliver judgement in an alleged forgery case.
The Point recalls that on May 25, 2022, one of the governorship aspirants of the PDP, Akan Okon and former Commissioner for Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport, had approached the court after the primary where he came second to disqualify Umo Eno and declare him governorship candidate alleging certificate forgery and age falsification.
The case presided over by Justice Agather Okeke, in FHC/UY/CS/110/2022 will deliver judgement on Friday, November 11, 2022 earlier than the previous date of November 28, 2022 in order to dispose all the lingering court cases before election next year.
Those who spoke on grounds of anonymity said Governor Udom Emmanuel has reached out to many influential contacts across the country to help him save Eno from being sacked by the court.
“The Governor cannot sit and watch the court sack Umo Eno. Of late he has been jittery and no longer at ease with people surrounding him. He has been traveling more frequently in recent times trying to meet influential people to save the situation.
“The Governor knows that Umo Eno had a very bad case and he is aware that if he leaves it to the drama that the defence lawyers staged in the court, Umo Eno will be gone and that will be a huge blow to him especially the fact that he said God revealed Umo Eno to him”, the source added.
Opposition political parties in the state have faulted the PDP and Governor Emmanuel on erroneous claims of Umo Eno’s integrity in the face of alleged cocktails of fraud and lies.