March 22, 2019

‘INEC insulted me by withholding my certificate of return’ – Okorocha

‘INEC insulted me by withholding my certificate of return’ – Okorocha

The embattled governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has expressed his dismay over the refusal of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue him with Certificate of Return after winning the Imo West senatorial district, describing it as insulting.

Okorocha also blamed some political actors as responsible for his travails due to his 2023 presidential ambition.

Fielding questions from newsmen at the Imo Governor’s Lodge, the governor said that although he was not considering any legal option for now.

He, however, explained that he expects the electoral umpire to give him a satisfactory reason on why his name was missing from the list of senators-elect.

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“I was conspicuously absent at the certificates issuance ceremony. I was not there because INEC had removed my name from the list of senators after I was declared the winner by the zonal returning officer.

“So, I am actually waiting to hear why INEC struck out my name. I think probably, INEC must be trying to do something special because I understand once results have been declared and returns made, then you are bound to be issued a certificate of return.

He further blamed the Resident Electoral Commissioner of being in cahoots with saboteurs in order to deny him of his mandate.

“The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Imo state is playing a script and the script is so funny; it is so cruel and crude actually and they are executing it in a funny way.

“I understand that people are beginning to fight a war of the future now when we are not even there.

“And I am surprised that INEC is being used as an instrument for those who find it politically difficult to achieve what they want to do,” he said.

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