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Declaration Under Duress: INEC Strikes Out Okorocha’s Name

INEC removes Okorocha’s name from list of senators

Funsho Akinwale

The Independent National Electoral Commission, on Monday, struck out Governor Rochas Okorocha’s name from the list of the senators-elect that are set to receive their certificates of return on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

With the new development, it’s obvious that Okorocha will not be among the incoming senators set to receive their certificates at an event that will take place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The outgoing Imo State Governor, whose preferred successor and son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, just lost the Imo State governorship election to PDP candidate, Emeka Ihedioha, claimed to have won the February 23 Imo West senatorial election on the platform of the ruling party.

Prof. Francis Ibeawuchi, the Returning Officer, had declared Okorocha winner after polling 97,762 votes to defeat his second runner up, Jones Onyereri, of the People’s Democratic Party, who scored 68,117 votes.

The aggrieved PDP and APGA candidates were on the street of Owerri, the Imo State capital, protesting the declaration of Okorocha as the winner of the election before Prof. Ibeawuchi raised an alarm that he was forced to declare Okorocha winner under duress by his party agents.

He revealed that out of fear for his life, he had to announce Okorocha winner of the poll which was inconclusive.

Okorocha has apparently lost out woefully from the forthcoming dispensation after being removed from the senator’s list, coupled with the defeat by his successor, Uche Nwosu.

His problem started when he imposed Uche Nwosu on the party as the next governor, which the party turned down and this led to the several factions in the party.

Okorocha’s selfish interest to force his son-in-law on the party might have been responsible for them losing the governorship seat to the PDP candidate, Emeka Ihedioha.