Rochas Okorocha Finally Gets His Certificate of Return From INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission has finally issued former Imo governor, Rochas Okorocha, a certificate of return for winning the February 23 Senatorial election in Imo West.
A Federal High court in Abuja last Friday directed the commission to issue the former governor the certificate.
INEC had refused to recognise Okorocha’s victory, alleging that it was procured under duress.
The commission obeyed the directive after its management meeting on Tuesday.
Shortly after collection of the certificate within INEC headquarters in Abuja, Okorocha told journalists that he was called upon at exactly 6.14 pm that his certificate was ready.
He commended the judiciary for doing the needful and for being the last resort for the common citizens or anybody who felt oppressed.
Okorocha said, “I also want to thank INEC for taking this bold step against all odds by issuing my Certificate of Return, which goes a long way to confirm that the allegation of duress is not founded by delay tactics by my detractors to have slowed down the process. I believe this is God’s time and I take it as God’s time. I am happy that finally the matter is resolved.”
When asked of his feeling about not being able to participate in the inauguration ceremony for the 9th National Assembly and the voting process which produced the leadership, Okorocha said that he would have to be in attendance of the inauguration.
“Otherwise I missed because I don’t have a certificate. Now that I have the certificate I have the opportunity to join my colleagues to see how to move Nigeria forward”, he stated.