Akwa Ibom APC guber candidate, Umana, reacts to Supreme Court ruling

The All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom state, Umana Umana, has said that the Supreme Court judgment which held that Udom Emmanuel was validly elected as the state governor in the April 11, 2015 election “calls for very serious soul-searching by our nation”.

Mr. Umana said in a press statement on Thursday that an indicting statement reportedly made by the Court of Appeal on the same Akwa Ibom governorship election petition shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Mr. Umana quoted the Court of Appeal as having said of the election of Udom Emmanuel: “May this country never again experience the violence and thuggery found to have taken place in Akwa Ibom State during the Governorship elections held on 11th April 2015.”

He said, “As law-abiding citizens we went to court to seek justice after the disputed elections, as advised by many people and election monitors, including the United States Embassy and the European Union, which had reached independent conclusions that the elections were marred by widespread irregularities.

“Our hope was that the judiciary would heal the wounds and provide succour for our people who were traumatised and brutalised during the elections, especially the families who lost their loved ones.

“But that was not to be.”

Mr. Umana said he was aware that Akwa Ibom people were surprised by the Supreme Court judgment, “given the findings of the tribunal that evaluated the evidence and heard directly from the witnesses” including the judgment of the Court of Appeal which had earlier nullified the election of Governor Emmanuel.

The APC governorship candidate said although the struggle for change has suffered a setback, he said change will surely come “because no one can stop the march of an idea that has been embraced by the mass of the people”.

Mr. Umana, who said his party fought a good fight, thanked his supporters and the people of Akwa Ibom state for their support.

He asked the people to continue to pray for the peace, progress and prosperity of Akwa Ibom state and Nigeria.

“We trust God, who is the God of justice, to provide solace and comfort for those who could not get justice within the framework of our legal system,” Mr. Umana said.

“Ultimately we would all be accountable to God for our actions.”


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  • T-Rex

    Take your case to the International Court of Justice,lol.

    • Sir Demo

      In less than 35 months years, the real and true people choice will be in office.

      • T-Rex

        Keep dreaming.

        • Uyo Akwa Ibom

          Corruption has long been organized, executed and institutionalized in Nigeria. It has become the identity and lifestyle of the people. Even Judges are blatantly debased by this anathema. But one thing is sure, Nigeria can never escape the judgement of GOD when the time comes. The Umanah Umanah episode calls for no sympathy. He got what he deserved. After Umanah Umanah looted the State Treasury for years under Governor Attah, he used the ill-gotten money to betray his ersthwhile Boss by connniving with Akpabio to take over power through the ultimate clandestine intervention of Olusegun Obasanjo. The government that Umanah Umanah imposed on Akwa Ibom People under the rulership of Godswill Akpabio annihilated lives and property mercilessly, and finally sacked Umanah Umanah out of office with unimagineable disgrace. Today Akwa Ibom PEOPLE who were betrayed by the same profligate, Umanah Umanah, are so short-sighted and frustrated to identify with the devil. Everyone, including, Obasanjo, Victor Attah, Godswill Akpabio, Umanah Umanah, erthswhile President of Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, Godwin Ntukudeh, John Udoedghe,and others who have destroyed the State for their personal aggrandisement will never escape The wrath of God. May GOD help Akwa Ibom State.

          • T-Rex

            This is the reason i never supported Umana Umana! #IstandWithUDOM!

  • All Trust

    It calls for soul searching because it did not go your way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Sir Demo

      Because it the judgement has unambiguously pass the message to all office seekers, WIN THE ELECTION FIRST AT ALL COST USING EVERY POSSIBLE MEANS and let the loser go to court. At the end of the day the Supreme Sham Court will rule for the status quo

      • Felix Udoh

        Sadly so. I see the upswing of serious violence during elections in the future.

    • Felix Udoh

      It calls for soul searching by all right thinking people because there was no election at all in Akwa Ibom State. The Justices of the supreme court should all cover their faces in shame. No explanation or reason can ever be given for this daylight robbery.

      • All Trust

        Thanks bros. The court cant be a witness or provide the witness in any case. Even if the court judges were there to see that ‘’there was no election’’, they cannot take that that they have seen as evidence in the court. The onus is on he who takes a case to the court to beyond reasonable doubt prove it and he has to do so by presenting before the court totally convincing evidence. Else he loses the case. Thats what happened to the guys who lost the case at the supreme court. The court does not decide cases on hearsay, emotions and sentiments neither does allow itself to be intimidated. Remember also that at the level of the supreme court, you are not presenting new evidence, you are only to argue why the decision of the appeal court should not hold based on all the facts that you have already presented before the tribunal and appeal court, and why the appeal court got their decision wrong. Why did Umana and co call for soul searching when the Appeal court and Tribunal court outcomes favoured them! To me however every aspect of our life as Nigeria should call for soul searching, not only the decision of the Supreme Court. Even, that Nigeria today is run by Buhari calls for ‘’soul searching’’: how did Nigeria get to the level that Buhari became the ‘’last-man standing’’!!!!!.

      • Emeka

        The election tribunal ruled that there was election in about thirteen local govts and ordered a rerun in other eighteen LG. how come u said “there was no election at all in Akwa Ibom”?