- A rights group has reacted to the alleged refusal by INEC to issue a certificate of return to Rochas Okorocha
- The group wrote to the Nigeria Police Force on its plan to protest over the matter
- A Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier directed the commission to issue the certificate of return to Okorocha
Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER) has written to the Nigeria Police Force on its planned protest over alleged Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s refusal to issue a certificate of return to Rochas Okorocha.
The letter, which is to notify INEC on the protest scheduled for June 11, was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by the executive director of CASER, Frank Tietie, on Monday, June 10, in Abuja.
According to Tietie, the protest is to show concern over alleged refusal of the commission to issue a certificate of return to Okorocha, senator-elect of Imo West senatorial district.
A Federal High Court, Abuja presided by Justice Okon Abang had on June 7, directed INEC to immediately issue a certificate of return to Okorocha, who was also the immediate past governor of Imo.
Abang had in the judgment faulted INEC on the grounds that withholding of the senator-elect’s certificate of return was not known to the Nigerian Constitution and the Electoral Act.
The FCT police command rejected the letter on the ground that June 11 is the inauguration day of the 9th National Assembly.
The letter was also rejected because of preparation for the Democracy Day celebration to hold on June 12. CASER was, therefore, advised to reschedule the protest for another day.
Legit.ng previously reported that Okorocha said he has forgiven Innocent Ibeabuchi, the returning officer for the Imo West senatorial election, in the 2019 general elections.
Okorocha said this in a statement signed by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, and made available to newsmen in Owerri.
The statement came shortly after Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the INEC to isuue Okorocha the certificate of return as senator-elect for Imo-west.
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