By Godson Ikiebey-
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued a certificate of return to former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, and now senator-elect of Imo west.
This was disclosed on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in a statement by INEC.
According to the statement, Okorocha was issued the certificate in compliance with the directive of a federal high court in Abuja.
You will recall that the commission had refused to issue the certificate to Okorocha who was declared winner of the poll. The returning officer for the election was quoted to have said that he declared the former governor winner under duress.
While the federal high court in Abuja ordered INEC to issue Okorocha his certificate of return, two other courts in Imo state had asked INEC not to.
INEC had earlier expressed reservations over the court directive to issue Okorocha a certificate of return. It had said:
“If electoral impunity is allowed to flourish, any individual can harass, intimidate and put the Commission’s officers under duress, procure a favourable declaration and be rewarded with a certificate of return”.
Earlier on Tuesday, Okorocha was denied accreditation when he arrived the National Assembly Complex for inauguration of lawmakers.