INEC Withholding My Certificate Of Return Unconstitutional – Okorocha

INEC withholding my certificate of return unconstitutional - Okorocha
Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha has described the decision of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to withhold his certificate of return after being declared winner of the Imo West Senatorial election as unconstitutional.

Okorocha, who made the assertion yesterday at Government House in Owerri, Imo state capital, said that INEC lacks the power to withhold his certificate of return.

Explaining further, the Governor claimed that INEC was being used by those fighting to stop him from going to the senate.

Okorocha said that only court has the jurisdiction to nullify any election after a winner has been declared, maintaining that the electoral umpire does not have such power.

According to him, “in my own case, my certificate of return has not been issued and I wonder why INEC will withhold my certificate for a frivolous reason, without hearing from me. I am not a violent person and those who know me know that, this why we have peace in Imo state.”

Okorocha urged the INEC to immediately do the right thing by releasing his certificate of return.

“The Returning Officer could not have done that under duress under the watchful eyes of the Police, DSS and party agents. I am not unmindful of the facts that those who are fighting me from Abuja are anxious to see me removed as a Senator.

“Let me tell every Nigerian that I fought no one and no one should fight me. If anyone fights me, he will be the loser at the end of it all. My INEC Certificate cannot be touched or seized; doing so is belittling democracy in Nigeria.

It is only the Tribunal that has the right to say otherwise once a result is declared. INEC cannot seize my Certificate by mere petition written by somebody in a case I was not given the opportunity to present my own side of the story” he said.

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