Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has asked the Independent National electoral commission (INEC) to quickly handover his certificate of return as the Senator-Elect for the Imo West Senatorial district election held February 23.
The Governor while speaking to newsmen at the government house in Owerri, said that the electoral commission possesses no moral or constitutional justification for withholding his return certificate, adding that the commission was only acting upon allegations by the returning officer, Professor Innocent Ibeabuchi, who might be acting under the influence of his political rivals.
“I cannot understand how a mere allegation of somebody, an individual, talking about duress, which has not been proven by anybody, will stop INEC from giving me my certificate of return for an election that I won properly.
“I cannot understand why an individual’s report of a professor who lied, will now be taken more than the report by the Nigeria Police, State Security Service, that said there was no crisis, everything was peaceful. The returning officer should be called to order.” rochas said.
He however called on INEC to release his Certificate of return to avoid problems. The case has however been taken to court by the governor.
“INEC has no moral justification to release certificate of return to someone who, knowingly, flouted the Nigerian constitution and refusing to give someone his certificate, who won duly.”rochas added.
Recall that the returning officer for the imo west senetorial district election, Innocent Ibeabuchi, said he only announced the governor winner because he was under duress.