- Governor Okorocha has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to compel INEC to issue him with his certificate as the senator-elect for Imo West
- The Imo state governor insisted that he was validly elected to occupy the senatorial seat
- Okorocha also argued that INEC lacked the statutory powers to withhold his certificate of return
For withholding his certificate of return, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state on Wednesday, March 20, asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue him with his certificate as the senator-elect for Imo West senatorial district.
According to Okorocha in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/296/2019, INEC lacked the statutory powers to withhold his certificate of return.
The Imo state governor who insisted that he was validly elected to occupy the senatorial seat urged the court to declare that INEC erred when it refused to recognise him.
Recall that Governor Okorocha was said to have won the senatorial seat for Imo West zone.
The INEC collation officer, Ibeawuchi Francis, announced Okorocha as winner after he scored a total of 97,762 votes to defeat his closest rival, Jones Onyereri of the PDP who scored 63,117 votes. The returning officer later said he made the announcement under duress.
The electoral umpire has insisted it will not present certificate of return to Okorocha because the returning officer for Imo West senatorial district election said that he declared the governor as the winner “under duress”.
In an earlier report by Legit.ng, Okorocha said there was 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.
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