Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, cannot withhold his Certificate of Return as the senator-elect from Imo West Senatorial district.
The governor, on Wednesday, at the Government House, Owerri, the Imo State capital, dropped the hint while addressing some loyal youths who came for a solidarity visit.
Okorocha noted that the move was unfortunate and unconstitutional, adding that only the court has the power to nullify any election after a winner has been declared.
“The electoral umpire does not have the power.
“In my own case, my Certificate of Return has not been issued and I wonder why INEC will withhold my certificate for a frivolous reason, without hearing from me.
“The Returning Officer could not have done that under duress under the watchful eyes of the police, DSS and the party agents.
“ I hereby urge INEC to do the right thing by releasing my certificate.
“My INEC certificate cannot be touched or seized,” Okorocha stated
The electoral body delieberately omitted Okorocha’s name from the senator-elect list following the Returning Officer’s claim of being held hostage to declare the governor winner of the election.
Prof. Francis Ibeawuchi revealed that, out of fear for his life, he had to announce Okorocha winner of the poll which was inconclusive.
However, as at the time of filing this report, INEC had just presented Certificates of Return to all senators elected at the last national assembly election.
The elected senators were all present at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, to receive their certificates, except Okorocha whose certificate is being held over inconclusive election in Imo West senatorial district as claimed by the Returning Officer.