Rocha’s Okorocha Receives Certificate Of Return From INEC, As Same INEC Vows To Challenge The Move In Court

Embattled former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha is in the news again, as he received his Certificate of Return from INEC, yesterday after the inauguration of the NASS members.

INEC acting in compliance with the ruling of an Abuja High Court, which directed it to issue the certificate to Okorocha, has however vowed to appeal the judgement as soon as possible.

Okorocha, who was given the certificate at exactly 6.14pm on Tuesday said.

“At exactly 6.14 pm, this evening, after the inauguration of the 9th assembly, I was invited by INEC, that my certificate is ready and I have just come to collect it.

“I take it to be God’s time. I believe that justice delayed is justice denied, but all the same for the sake of our nation, I accepted it, ”

INEC however, issued a press statement same Tuesday, through Mr Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee in Abuja.

Okoye said they issued the certificate to Okorocha in compliance with the High Court directive, to demonstrate their commitment to obeying court judgement, despite having reservations in some of them.

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.
However, the commission must put on record its very profound concerns about the likely consequences of this judgment, for our electoral process in particular and our democracy in general. Obviously, persons who seek elective offices can perceive in this judgment an irrelevance of due process, and acting within the law.
“It is not far-fetched that some of them can in future disregard laid down processes, including voting, arm themselves and mobilise thugs and compel Returning Officers to declare them elected, irrespective of the true outcomes of elections.
“Moreover, it may become increasingly difficult for the commission to convince its officials that they are safe to carry out their legitimate functions, without fear of being harassed, held to ransom or visited with bodily harm,” he said.

We assure Nigerians that we will not waiver in our determination to enthrone a credible electoral process in Nigeria. And so, we will appeal against the said judgement”.

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