- The INEC has once again said it would not present a certificate of return to Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha
- The returning officer for Imo West senatorial district election said he declared Okorocha winner of the election under duress
- The commission said the matter is already in a court and the best thing is to allow the judicial processes to run through
The Independent National Electoral Commission has insisted that it will not issue a certificate of return to Governor Rochas Okorocha without a court order.
Festus Okoye, chairman of INEC information and voter education committee, said returning officer for Imo West senatorial district election declared Okorocha the winner under duress.
The Cable reports that Okoye said since the matter is already in court, the best thing to do is to allow the judicial processes to run through adding that the commission will not reward bad conduct.
He said: “The position of the commission has not changed. The position of the commission is that we will not issue certificate of return to Governor Rochas Okorocha in relation to the senatorial election.
"Since the matter is already in court, the best thing to do is not to prejudge the matter that is in court, but to allow the judicial processes to run through. If at the end of the day, the court gives an order that we should give him his certificate of return, of course, the commission will obey such a court order.
“If on the other hand, the court takes a different position and makes other consequential orders in relation to the conduct of the elections in Imo west, we will also comply with whatever order the court gives.
“As of today, the matter is pending in court, the best thing to do is to wait for the outcome of the judicial process."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the INEC on Monday, March 18, again said it would not present a certificate of return to Governor Okorocha.
The commission warned politicians, especially those seeking to be elected into public offices that it would not condone any form of electoral malpractice.
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