8 June 2019
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should issue a certificate of return to former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha. The Returning Officer in the February 23 senatorial election for Imo West Senatorial District (Orlu Zone) had declared that Okorocha, the outgoing governor, had won the (s)election.
However, INEC withheld the certificate of return, alleging that their Returning Officer announced the result “under duress”. The judge ruled that INEC had no constitutional authority to do this.
A source at INEC has told Naijiant.com that the electoral umpire has no intention of obeying that court order. The source said they will stall, delay and frustrate Okorocha and added “he is not going anywhere”, in reference to the former governor taking up his seat in the Senate. A source at Okorocha’s All Progressives Congress (APC) also said: “We will deal with him” and “we will make him suffer”.
Okorocha’s troubles stem from a power struggle between him and the APC chairman Adams Oshiomhole and the former governor of Lagos State Bola Tinubu.