SENATE: Rochas Okorocha sues INEC over Certificate of Return

Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, on Wednesday filed a suit against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for refusing to recognise him as winner of the election in Imo West senatorial district.

Okorocha in a suit filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja, asked the court to compel INEC to issue him the Certificate of Return having been declared winner of the election.

INEC has refused to issue Certificate of Return to Okorocha, stating that Francis Ibeawuchi, Returning Officer for Imo West senatorial election announced Okorocha winner of the poll under duress.

In the suit which had INEC as the sole defendant, the governor argued that he had been declared authentic winner of the election and so, ought to be given Certificate of Return.

He asked the court to rule that INEC has no power to withhold his Certificate of Return and to grant an order mandating the commission to issue it to him.

When the case came up on Wednesday, Jones Onyeriri and Osita Izunaso, candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the election respectively, were included as second and third defendants.

Taiwo Taiwo, the judge presiding over the case, directed the plaintiff to amend the originating processes and subsequently adjourned till April 5 for hearing.

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