Essien Udim Assembly seat: Nse Ntuen never qualified for election- Umoh
By Darlington UDOBONG
Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Essien Udim State Constituency, Barrister Esse Umoh, has said that the self-acclaimed winner of the March 9 House of Assembly Elections, Mr. Nse Ntuen, was never qualified to contest for the elections.
Speaking with journalists recently, Barrister Umoh, said “Nse Ntuen was never qualified to contest the House of Assembly elections. He has committed a criminal offense. Anybody that lies under oath is liable of plagiary. The certificate Nse Ntuen used from the University of Calabar, which he claimed that he had a Second Class Upper (2.1) Degree in Social Sciences, was not issued from that University. I am challenging him to challenge me in any court of law.”
Narrating the true position of what transpired during the elections, Barrister Umoh said “Elections of March 9, 2019, commenced in Essien Udim Local Government Area in a peaceful manner and about three hours into the elections, some team of policemen, led by SP Idorenyin Akpabio, Hon. Emmanuel Akpan and Emmanuel Inyangetor, went to Ukana East, Adiasim and other wards in Essien Udim to hijack election materials and kidnap the ad hoc staff recruited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). They shot sporadically in the air and scared away most of the voters. They used a coaster bus to cart away the election materials to an unknown destination. I was in my Unit in Ikpe Annang when I received text messages and phone calls on the incidence. We have video clips of the incidence. Even at that, they could not take majority of the Essien Udim Units and so elections were conducted successfully and I won convincingly in almost all other Units that the elections were conducted.”
“We had Units and Wards that they could not hijack, places like Okon, Odoro Ikot-1, Ekpenyong-2 and a few others. In Ukana East, where Emmanuel Inyangetor comes from, he used armed men to cart away all the materials. In all these, I was not perturbed because I knew I was on ground, I was the preferred candidate and I knew Essien Udim people would vote for me and I was voted for,” he added.
Speaking further, Barrister Umoh maintained that “While the results were coming in at the Collation Centre, my opponent, Nse Effiong Ntuen, came in with a team of armed men and tried to put in the results of the Units that were hijacked but the INEC ad hoc staff refused. The ad hoc staff was beaten seriously for refusing to accept the results. His inhuman treatment on the ad hoc staff also confirmed the statement Nse Effiong Ntuen made prior to the elections that ‘his election will be a-do-or-die affair.’
“For instance, the recent attitude of Nse Effiong Ntuen in the House of Assembly has been very unruly and unbecoming of a lawmaker. He went low to the extent of conspiring with three other low members to ridicule the Hollowed Chambers and the Speakership. That was the height of rascality.”
“The failure of Nse Effiong Ntuen has also been confirmed by his inability to do constituency briefing in four years. Little wonder the people of Essien Udim have called upon me to give them effective representation in the State House of Assembly. They did this by exercising their franchise through the ballots. They voted for me and the PDP,” he maintained.
Barrister Umoh also promised to lead effective representation when inaugurated into the State House of Assembly, according to him, “I am not going to be a failure in the House of Assembly but will represent my people effectively.”