Court orders INEC to issue Okorocha certificate of return
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has declared the Independent National Electoral Commission decision to deprive Rochas Okorocha with a certificate of return as senator-elect as “lawless”.
The judge, Justice Okon Abang, ruled that the having been declared by the returning officer as the winner of the February 23 senatorial poll for Imo West Senatorial District, INEC has no reason not to issue Okorocha certificate of return.
INEC said it refused to acknowledge his victory because the returning officer was made to announce the result under duress.
“I have been held hostage here for days so I’m trying to ease off and take my life home back to my children and for the sake of that I am calling these results under duress,” INEC returning officer for the election in Imo State, Innocent Ibeabuchi had said before reading out the results.
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