Emmanuel’s aides demand prosecution of Okon over forgery allegation
Following a judgment by the Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in favour of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Pastor Umo Eno, the College Of Personal Aides (COPA) to Governor Udom Emmanuel, yesterday, called for the arrest and prosecution of the plaintiff, Mr. Akan Okon, for criminal defamation.
Okon, the former Commissioner for Economic planning and a governorship aspirant under the PDP had dragged the governorship candidate, Eno, to court alleging WAEC, voters card and birth certificate forgery and urged the court to disqualify the candidate and make him the governorship candidate as the next highest votes scorer.
Justice Agatha Okeke delivering her judgment on Friday dismissed the matter for lacking in merit, saying the plaintiff, Okon, brought his claims based on speculations and hearsay.
She, thereafter, awarded N15m as damage to Eno for the stress he was subjected to.
Udom’s aides in a statement at the weekend signed by the Secretary of the forum, Mr. Essien Ndueso, urged Eno to immediately institute a case of criminal defamation against Okon to serve as a deterrent to others.
They noted that the award of N15 million by the judge to Eno could not totally assuage him of the damage Okon’s fictitious claims put him to.
The statement reads: “While we congratulate the governorship hopeful, Eno, on his victory at the court; we see yesterday’s victory as the prelude to the victory at the polls, come March 2023, as the entire Akwa Ibom State can now attest to the fact that Eno is a man of veracity and character.
“Of course, we have never entertained any doubt regarding the tested integrity of Eno over the years. However, now that Eno’s WAEC certificate has been confirmed by a court of competent jurisdiction, we urge Eno to immediately institute a case of criminal defamation against the dreamer, Okon. He should be made to face the wrath of the law.”