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Akwa Ibom PDP candidate vows to quit guber race, priesthood if WAEC confirms forgery

By Inemesit Akpan-Nsoh, Uyo
20 July 2022   |   2:43 am
Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Eno, has vowed to withdraw from the 2023 governorship race and resign his position as a pastor if the West African Examination Council

Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Eno, has vowed to withdraw from the 2023 governorship race and resign his position as a pastor if the West African Examination Council (WAEC) confirms he forged his certificates.

He made this statement at Citizens Square, at an event powered by Pure Umo Royalty Eno Group in Uyo.

Recall that a governorship aspirant, Mr. Akan Okon, had gone to court challenging the credentials the PDP governorship candidate presented to the party during screening.

Although the case is in court and would be heard tomorrow, Eno told the audience, with many youths in attendance, that such an allegation could weaken him but would rather embolden him to forge ahead.

“Anything you see on social media about my WAEC certificates is a mere distraction. If WAEC says that I, Umo Bassey Eno, forged my certificate in 1981, or 1983 and it is proven, I will not only quit being a governorship candidate, I’ll quit being a pastor.

“Let people rant all they want to rant but let them also know that it is emboldening me and empowering me to go on.

“Everything they do is not going to distract me, what they are doing is the fuel needed to move me to the next level. There is no other commitment anyone would give than that which I have said today; my pastoral calling is not less important to me than serving the people of Akwa Ibom State.”

According to him, his strict parental upbringing would never have permitted him to forge his certificates, adding that, there was nothing wrong in re-sitting an exam to make up for papers he had failed to make previously.

He charged the youths who attended the event not to be afraid of failure but be resilient enough to pick themselves up and move on.