Supreme court confirms Umo Eno as governor of Akwa Ibom

After rejecting the challenges of the three parties contesting the March 18, 2023, election results, the Supreme Court upheld the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Umo Eno’s election as the legitimately elected governor of Akwa Ibom State.

Following the dismissal of the appeals by the All-Progressives Congress (APC), the Young Progressives Party (YPP), and the Action Alliance (AC) by the apex court panel headed by Justice Uwani Abba-Aji, the governor was deemed unqualified due to charges of certificate forgery, which he vehemently denied.

After a lower court rejected a challenge to the PDP primary that had chosen Umo Eno as the state candidate, the Court of Appeal affirmed the decision.

According to Okon, Eno submitted a fake West African Examination Certificate (WAEC) to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in order to be disqualified from the election.

After finding no merit in the case, the appellate court granted the plaintiff 15 million naira.

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