- INEC says it will appeal the judgment directing it to issue a Certificate of Return to Rochas Okorocha
- The electoral commission said it issued the certificate to Okorocha in compliance with an Abuja Federal High Court that directed it to do so
- INEC said it issued the certificate in compliance with the judgment and orders of Hon Justice Okon Abang; but that it will appeal against the said judgment
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will appeal the judgment directing it to issue a Certificate of Return to the former governor of Imo, Rochas Okorocha.
Okorocha received his Certificate of Return as winner of the Imo West senatorial district election which held on February 23, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that INEC made the disclosure in a statement issued by Festus Okoye, national commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC on Tuesday, June 11 in Abuja.
He said the commission issued the certificate to Okorocha in compliance with an Abuja Federal High Court that directed it to do so.
Okoye said the issuance of the certificate to Okorocha once again demonstrated its commitment to obeying court judgment, including those it might have reservations.
He said that the decision was reached on Tuesday after the commission met and considered 14 Memoranda involving judgments and orders in pre-election matters relating to the issuance of certificates and or withdrawal of certificates already issued in pre-election matters.
Okoye said: “Amongst the memoranda considered, is the one concerning the judgment on the Imo West senatorial district by the Federal High Court in Abuja.
“The commission decided to comply with the court judgment by issuing a certificate of return to the plaintiff, Rochas Okorocha, in compliance with the judgment and orders of Hon Justice Okon Abang.
“It will also appeal against the said judgment.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a high court sitting in Imo state directed INEC not to issue a certificate of return to Rochas Okorocha as senator-elect for Imo West senatorial district.
The presiding judge, Ngozi Ukoha, reportedly restrained INEC from “departing from its decision not to issue a certificate of return in respect of Imo west senatorial district election.”
The judgment was reportedly dated Tuesday, June 11.
Ukoha gave the order while ruling on an application filed by Osita Izunaso of the All Progressives Grand Alliances (APGA), pending the determination of the motion on notice challenging the victory of Okorocha who is of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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