The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP gubernatorial candidate in Akwa Ibom Umo Eno has been convicted by a chief magistrate court in Wuse zone 6, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) over cheating.
The court ordered the arrest of Umo Eno, the preferred candidate of Akwa Ibom State Udom Emmanuel won the party’s primary held in May 2022 by securing 993 votes from 1,018 delegates that participated in the election.
He defeated his closest challengers — Onofiok Luke, a member of the House of Representatives, who got two votes; and Bassey Albert, a member of the senate, who polled one vote.
The warrant of arrest was issued by Emmanuel Iyanna, chief magistrate, on December 23, 2022.
According to the document, the governorship candidate is facing charges of “cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property”.
The complainant in the suit marked CR/94/2022 is one Edet Godwin Etim.
“You are hereby directed to arrest the said pastor Umo Bassey Eno and produce him before me,” the chief magistrate said.
“The warrant of arrest is based on criminal proceedings conviction conducted by the chief magistrate court, Wuse, Abuja, and directed that the defendant be arrested and brought to court for sentencing having continuously refused to surrender himself to court,” TheCanle has said.