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S’Court affirms Eno as Akwa-Ibom governor

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The Supreme Court has affirmed the election victory of Umo Eno of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the legally elected governor of Akwa-Ibom State.

The apex court struck out appeals lodged by the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Young Progressives Party (YPP), and the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), each contesting Eno’s eligibility or the conduct of the election.

The Court of Appeal had affirmed the judgment dismissing the suit challenging the primary that produced Umo Eno as the PDP candidate for the state.

Okon had prayed the court to disqualify Eno on grounds that he allegedly forged a West African Examination Certificate (WAEC) which he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the election.

The appellate court had dismissed the suit for want of merit and awarded the sum of 15 million naira against the plaintiff.

The judge ruled that Okon’s arguments were based on assumption and that he was unable to prove to the court that Eno’s certificates were forged.

 

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