INEC issues Okorocha certificate of return

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued Certificate of Return to ex-Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.

The commission obeyed the directive after its management meeting on Tuesday.

Okorocha had stormed the National Assembly Complex to have talks with the clerk of the National Assembly and to have him inaugurated as Senator but was denied access into the inauguration proper after it emerged that a high court sitting in Imo state directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to issue him a certificate of return.

It would be recalled that Rochas Okorocha was elected as senator-elect for Imo west senatorial district in a controversial manner.

Justice Ngozi Ukoha restrained INEC from “departing from its decision not to issue a certificate of return in respect of Imo west senatorial district election.”

In a  copy of the judgement dated Tuesday, June 11, the judge gave the order while ruling on an application filed by Osita Izunaso of the All Progressives Grand Alliances (APGA),  pending the determination of the motion on notice challenging the victory of Okorocha who is of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The commission had refused to issue the certificate to Okorocha who was declared winner of the poll after the returning officer reported that he declared the former governor winner under duress.

But INEC said it would meet to consider the the order of the federal high court, Abuja, which asked it to issue the certificate to Okorocha.

The latest court order is the third on the issue, coming after that of the Federal High Court and a May 23 order from the high court of Imo directing INEC not to issue a certificate of return to any of the candidates in the election.

Okorocha had earlier been denied accreditation when he arrived the National Assembly Complex for the inauguration.

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