The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has issued a certificates of return to Rochas Okorocha, senator-elect of Imo west.
In a press release on Tuesday, INEC mentioned it issued Okorocha the certificates in compliance with the directive of a federal excessive court docket in Abuja.
The fee had refused to concern the certificates to Okorocha who was declared winner of the ballot. The returning officer for the election was quoted to have mentioned that he declared the previous governor winner beneath duress.
Whereas the federal excessive court docket in Abuja ordered it to concern Okorocha his certificates of return, two different courts in Imo state had requested INEC to not recognise him because the senator-elect.
INEC had earlier expressed reservations over the court docket directive to concern Okorocha a certificates of return.
It had mentioned: “If electoral impunity is allowed to flourish, any particular person can harass, intimidate and put the Fee’s officers beneath duress, procure a beneficial declaration and be rewarded with a certificates of return.”
Earlier within the day, Okorocha was denied accreditation when he arrived the Nationwide Meeting Advanced for inauguration of lawmakers.
Within the assertion issued by Festus Okoye, its director of voter schooling and publicity, INEC mentioned the 2 court docket orders asking it to not concern any certificates of return to Okorocha have been interim orders and never the ultimate from the courts.
It, nonetheless, mentioned whereas it's dedicated to obeying court docket orders, “the fee should placed on report its very profound issues concerning the doubtless penalties of this judgement for our electoral course of particularly and democracy normally. Clearly, individuals who search elective places of work may understand on this judgement an irrelevance of due course of and performing throughout the legislation.”
The Fee additionally vowed to attraction the judgment which favoured Okorocha. (The Cable)