GROUP ORDERS INEC TO ISSUE GOVERNOR OKOROCHA HIS CERTIFICATE OF RETURN

Written by on March 19, 2019

A group is known as Presidential Support Committee, PSC, yesterday, said it would proceed with its planned protests should the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, fail to issue Governor Rochas Okorocha his Certificate of Return as Imo West senator-elect.

The PSC and Southeast professionals led by Emeka Ugwu-Oju and Maxwell Okoye respectively, made this disclosure in Owerri, adding that it had earlier given INEC yesterday as the deadline to meet their demand.
It should be recalled that Imo West senatorial election was enmeshed in controversies as the returning officer, Innocent Ibeawuchi alleged he had declared Governor Okorocha winner under duress. Since then, INEC has refused to issue the governor a Certificate of Return based on the report.

However, the argument by the groups was that INEC should either issue Okorocha a Certificate of Return or conduct a run-off election, adding that by law, INEC does not have right to withhold Okorocha’s Certificate of Return.


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