- Rochas Okorocha has petitioned INEC for withholding his certificate of return
- The Imo governor who based his arguments on the law of the country said, INEC had no right not to issue him a certificate of return
- Going further, Okorocha said INEC ought to have allowed the election tribunal to look into the case
Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo state and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Imo West senatorial district in the 2019 elections has petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over his certificate of return.
According to Okorocha, in a petition addressed to INEC chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu, INEC lacks the power to either withhold his certificate of return or reverse his election after being declared winner, Daily Trust reports.
The governor argued that INEC ought to have allowed the election tribunal to adjudge the case instead of taking singularly action.
“There shall be established for the federation one or more elections tribunal to be known as the National Assembly Elections Tribunal which shall, to the exclusion of any court or tribunal, have original jurisdiction to hear and determine petitions as to whether (a) any person has been validly elected as a member of the national Assembly," he said, quoting Section 285 (1) of the 1999 constitution.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Governor Okoroch filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja to compel INEC to issue him a certificate of return as a senator-elect.
The governor who filed the suit through his counsel, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), on Tuesday, April 30, is seeking a court order compelling the electoral body to issue him a certificate of return as the validly elected senator for Imo West senatorial district.
However, some legal hitches introduced by some interested parties to the suit reportedly hampered the hearing in the suit.
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