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Akwa Ibom 2O23: Umo Eno Remains INEC-Recognized PDP Guber Candidate- Barr. Nwoko



Umo Eno

…Reveals Michael Enyong ( Babantan) On The Run Over Fraud , Forgery

Promiment Constitutional Lawyer and former Attorney-General, Mr Uwem Nwoko, SAN, has affirmed that Pastor Umo Eno is the INEC-recognised gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in Akwa- Ibom State.

Speaking at an interactive session with journalists, Mr Nwoko stated that by virtue of the law, any other person claiming to be a candidate is an imposter who is living in dream land.

He stated that though a serving Federal House of Representatives Member, Michael Enyong popularly called Babantan obtained a judgment, the PDP has filed a stay of execution at the Federal High Court, Abuja and also approached Court of Appeal which has effectively stopped any cause of action and keeps Umo Eno in his position.

He noted that it is as a result of these legal steps that INEC has continued to recognize the seasoned entrepreneur as the authentic candidate.

He then revealed that he has petitioned the police regarding infractions such as impersonation, fraud and forgery commited by Enyong while filing this case against Eno.

He said that having studied his petition, the police has invited Enyong for questioning but he has not only failed to show up but has been on the run

He called on Mr Enyong to submit himself to the nearest police station to clear his name and respond to the weighty allegations.

He urged members of the public to ignore what he observed as a series of misinformation peddled on the social media by purveyors of fake news, stating that based on three grounds of fraud, lack of due service to parties listed, and lack of jurisdiction, the purported judgment obtained by Mike Enyong was not tenable anywhere.

He then queried ” If he is sure of himself why has he not got the courage to present his fraudulently obtained judgement to INEC up till now?. Even if he approaches INEC, it will not be be executed. PDP through its representative, Paul Usoro, (SAN) has filed a stay of execution. By that stay of execution motion at the Court of Appeal, Mike Enyong is not and cannot be candidate of the PDP in Akwa Ibom State, because the purported judgement he has is not valid. The judgement he is holding was obtained by fraud”.

“I was at INEC headquarters on Friday, they have not received any letter from him. He has not written to INEC or even attempted to present that judgement or ask INEC to substitute his name with Umo Eno’s”.

“As at yesterday, I took time to access INEC website and this documents which I printed out in coloured form, was downloaded from INEC website yesterday.

“At any point in time you can verify and confirm that Pastor Umo Eno is the PDP candidate in Akwa Ibom State.

“Mike Enyong claims that he obtained judgement from the Federal High Court Abuja and that the judgement now makes him a candidate of the PDP. Let me state here that the judgement which was obtained by fraud and which he has carefully refused to bring to the public, does not in anyway tamper with the candidacy of Umo Bassey Eno”.

The former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice wondered why a public officer of Enyong’s standing would condescend to the extent of forging signatures of the National Chairman of the PDP, National Secretary, National Organizing Secretary of the PDP, and other officials, appointed his own returning officer and even went as far as forging the official letter headed paper of the party and presented same before the court, where he obtained this fraudulent judgement.

He emphasized that such criminal act which runs foul of the law cannot be swept under the carpet.

In detailing the illegalities and irregularities trailing the filling of the suit by Mr Enyong, Barr. Nwoko termed the case a nullity abinitio, emphasising that the Nigerian constitution in Section 285 and sub Section 9 provides a time line of 14 days for the filing of any suit pertaining to pre-election matters of which the Plaintiff clearly defaulted.

“It is on record that the PDP gubernatorial primaries took place on the 25th of May 2022 and Mr Enyong filed the case on 1st August of the same year, a clear 69 days after the event took place.”

Barr. Nwoko alleged that the suit, FHC ABJ CS 12952022 was fraudulently filed and judgment obtained fraudulently too and therefore cannot stand.

He continued thus: “Take note that this will not be the first time that Mr Enyong has filed a case on this matter. Precisely On 7th June 2022, the Plaintiff had filed a suit(FHC ABJ CS 8202022) in a Federal High Court in Abuja joining Pst Umo Eno as a second defendant but he mischievously withdrew this suit knowing it will be a failed endeavour:

Nwoko stated further that Mr Enyong did not serve the PDP that he joined in the suit while filing. According to him “Order 14 and Rule 10 of the Federal High Court, explicitly states that lack of Service, lack of Jurisdiction and fraud are the core basis that cases like his are always set aside and this will not be different.

He enjoined Akwa -Ibom people especially members of the PDP and supporters of Pastor Eno not to panic because he is certain that Umo Eno’s position as PDP candidate will not change and will be reaffirmed by the courts.

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Muhajid Alhaji Abubakr Dokubo-Asari Congratulates Governor Siminlayi Fubara on His First Year in Office




Muhajid Alhaji Abubakr Dokubo Asari, a proud advocate for resource control and good governance in the Niger Delta, extends congratulations to His Excellency, Governor Siminlayi Fubara, on reaching his one-year milestone as Governor of Rivers State.

According to Mujahid Abubakr Dokubo-Asari, Governor Fubara’s leadership has been characterized by patience, wisdom, and a commitment to peace, key components in resolving conflicts and promoting unity in Rivers State. With Governor Fubara leading the way, there is hope for a future of growth and development, free from division and discord.

Rivers State boasts abundant natural resources that, when properly utilized, can elevate the region into an economic powerhouse, creating opportunities and prosperity for its people. By following in the footsteps of the visionary founding fathers of Rivers State, like Chief Harold Dappa-Biriye and Chief Godfrey Kio Jaja Amachree, who championed unity and inclusivity, it is possible to build a united and prosperous future for all.

As we celebrate this important milestone, Muhajid Alhaji Abubakr Dokubo-Asari calls on all residents of Rivers State to embrace peace, forgiveness, and inclusivity. By working together with Governor Fubara, regardless of political differences, a brighter and more prosperous future for Rivers State is within reach.

In closing, Muhajid Alhaji Abubakr Dokubo-Asari commends Governor Fubara’s achievements and dedication to equitable development across the state. With unity and collaboration, the wounds of the past can be healed, paving the way for a better tomorrow for all those who call Rivers State home.

Congratulations to Governor Fubara on this significant milestone – may your leadership continue to inspire greatness in all.

Muhajid Alhaji Abubakr Dokubo Asari is a respected advocate for human rights and good governance, unafraid to challenge the norm and fight for the rights of his people. As the Paramount Ruler of Edi Abali Group of War Canoe and Chieftain of the Kalabari kingdom in Rivers State, he remains committed to the betterment of the region and its people.

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Senator Godswill Akpabio Endorsed as Sole Candidate for 2027 Senatorial District Election




Godswill Akpabio

Thousands of constituents from Akwa Ibom Northwest (Ikot Ekpene) Senatorial district gathered at the Ikot Ekpene township stadium to endorse Senator Godswill Akpabio as the sole candidate for the 2027 senatorial district election, three years ahead of the next general election.

The motion for Akpabio’s adoption was initiated by Minister of Petroleum Resources (Gas), Ekperikpe Ekpo, and supported by House of Representatives member for Ikot Ekpene federal constituency, Patrick Umoh. Ekpo urged all intending Senate aspirants to support Akpabio’s candidacy for the benefit of the area, Akwa Ibom state, and Nigeria.

Responding to the endorsement, Akpabio expressed gratitude to his constituents and pledged to attract more development to the district. He emphasized the significance of the endorsement, stating that it sends a clear message to the Independent National Electoral Commission to only recognize his candidacy.

Akpabio also solicited continued support from his constituents, emphasizing his commitment to working with President Bola Tinubu to address Nigeria’s challenges.

Governor Umo Eno commended Senator Akpabio and the constituents for their support and promised to intensify efforts in delivering democracy dividends to the people, while showcasing Akwa Ibom State as a unified entity.

Deputy Senate President, Senator Jubril Barau, led over 80 National Assembly members to the event, expressing their confidence in Akpabio’s leadership abilities. Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, lauded Akpabio for his legislative achievements, particularly in passing the South East Development Commission Bill.

The event highlighted the unity and solidarity among Akwa Ibom constituents and their endorsement of Akpabio’s leadership for the upcoming senatorial election.

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IPG Warns Senator Akpabio Against Discrediting Senate President’s Office




The Ibomites for Progressive Governance (IPG), a burgeoning socio-political organization, has issued a stern warning to Senator Godswill Akpabio to refrain from undermining the dignity of the esteemed office of the Senate President.

The group’s caution comes in response to remarks attributed to Senator Akpabio, wherein he purportedly claimed that his wife, Ekaette Akpabio, was denied entry to the Government House in Uyo when she attempted to deliver a letter requesting a courtesy visit to former Governor Udom Emmanuel.

During a reception held in his honor in Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, Senator Akpabio allegedly asserted that his wife was left waiting at the Government House gate for an extended period without access to the premises.

In a swift response, IPG’s National Secretary, Mr. Chris Effiong, denounced Senator Akpabio’s statement as “a baseless fabrication,” emphasizing that Mrs. Akpabio is not a messenger and urged the Senator to exercise restraint in his public statements.

The group refuted the incident described by Senator Akpabio, asserting that there is no evidence to support his claims. They challenged him to provide proof of the alleged occurrence, highlighting that the former First Lady typically travels with a team of aides, including media personnel who would have documented such an incident if it occurred.

IPG expressed deep concern over Senator Akpabio’s apparent animosity towards former Governor Udom Emmanuel, warning against the propagation of intentional falsehoods that tarnish the reputation of public figures.

In conclusion, IPG called on Senator Akpabio to desist from fabricating malicious narratives and acknowledge the importance of upholding the dignity of the Senate President’s office, a position of national significance.

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