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Okorocha Drags INEC To Court Over Certificate Of Return

Certificate of Return: Okorocha sues INEC

Funsho Akinwale

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to court for failure to issue him his Certificate of Return as the winner of Imo West Senatorial District.

Okorocha, on Wednesday, filed the suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking an order to ask INEC to give him his certificate.

The electoral umpire is still adamant on presenting the certificate to the governor after Prof. Francis Ibeawuchi, the Returning Officer, claimed that he announced the result of Imo West Senatorial district under duress.

Kehinde Ogunwuniju (SAN), Okorocha’s lawyer, in the suit filed on behalf of the governor, has listed INEC as the sole defendant in the application.

But the judge in charge of the case, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, gave and order permitting PDP candidate, Jones Onyeriri, and APGA candidate, Senator Osita Izunaso, to join the proceedings as the second and third defendants.

The justice also ordered the defendants to file and exchange their process within ten days while Okorocha’s counsel was given three days to respond to the order.

During the hearing, Senator Izunaso was represented by his lawyer, Nwafor Orizu. The PDP candidate, Onyeriri, was represented by Emeka Etiaba (SAN) while Wendy Kuku stood for INEC.