I’ve forgiven the INEC official who claimed I received beneath duress – Okorocha

Rochas Okorocha, former governor of Imo state, says he has forgiven Harmless Ibeabuchi, returning officer for the Imo west senatorial election. 

Ibeabuchi had mentioned he introduced the previous governor winner of the senatorial seat beneath duress, and the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) subsequently delisted Okorocha as senator-elect, withholding his certificates of return.

However on Friday, a federal excessive courtroom in Abuja, ordered INEC to problem a certificates of return to Okorocha.

Reacting to this improvement, in an announcement issued by Sam Onwuemeodo, his media aide,  the previous governor mentioned he would proceed to play politics devoid of “rancour, malice and bitterness”.

Thanking the courtroom, Okorocha mentioned his victory on the courtroom belong to the individuals of the senatorial district and Imo for his or her assist and steadfastness.

Okon Abang, the presiding choose, had held that having been declared winner of the February 23 senatorial election in Imo west district, INEC has no cause to not problem him certificates of return.

The choose dominated that the choice to deprive Okorocha of the certificates falls exterior the provisions of the legislation.

“As soon as the declaration is made beneath part 68(c) of the Electoral Act, INEC has develop into functus officio and INEC has no lawful authority to withhold the certificates of return for any cause in any respect,” the choose had held.

Additionally thanking the choose, Okorocha described him as one of many exemplary ambassadors of the judiciary in Nigeria. (NAN)

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