INEC Gives Conditions For Okorocha’s Certificate Of Return Release

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, would get his certificate of Return to Senate if and only if a law court directs the commission to do so.

This was made known by the commission’s chairman on information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, at a press conference in Abuja.

INE has vowed not to release his certificate of return after the returning officer for Imo state revealed that he declared Rochas as the winner of the senatorial election in Imo west while being held under duress.

Rochas in his bid to get his certificate has charged the election umpire to court.

What Festus Okoye Said:

 “The position of the commission has not changed. The position of the commission is that we will not issue certificate of return to Governor Rochas Okorocha in relation to the senatorial election.

“Since the matter is already in court, the best thing to do is not to prejudge the matter that is in court, but to allow the judicial processes to run through.

“If at the end of the day, the court gives an order that we should give him his certificate of return, of course, the commission will obey such a court order.

“If on the other hand, the court takes a different position and makes other consequential orders in relation to the conduct of the elections in Imo West, we will also comply with whatever order the court gives.

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