- Governor Rochas Okorocha says INEC did not issue his Certificate of Return because there’s a plot to cripple him politically
- The Imo governor accused the state’s resident electoral commissioner of acting out a cruel script
- Okorocha said he’s waiting for the electoral commission to explain why it refused to invite him to collect the certificate
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo says there is a plot to cripple him politically ahead of 2023 and that’s why he was denied his Certificate of Return as senator-elect for the Imo West senatorial district.
He made the comment while speaking with newsmen at the Imo Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja, on Thursday, March 14, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Okorocha said the gang-up against Uche Nwosu, his son-in-law and candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in the 2019 governorship election in Imo, was part of the plot.
He accused the Imo state resident electoral commissioner of acting out a cruel script.
Okorocha claimed that INEC’s refusal to issue him a Certificate of Return is aimed at ensuring that when the ninth Senate is inaugurated, he won't become one of the principal officers.
He said he was waiting for the electoral commission to explain why it did not invite him for the collection of certificates by senators-elect and House of Representatives members-elect.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Rochas Okorocha said INEC’s decision to withhold his Certificate of Return after being declared winner of the Imo West senatorial election was unfortunate and unconstitutional.
The governor made the assertion at the Imo Government House on Wednesday, March 13 while addressing thousands of youths who were protesting over the conduct of the 2019 elections in the state.
Okorocha stated that after a winner has been declared, it is only the courts that have the powers to nullify any election. He added that the electoral umpire doesn’t have such powers.
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