Trouble looms again for Okorocha over certificate, as the Imo State High Court has said that INEC should not issue a Certificate of Return to him.
Fear hit ex-governor Rochas Okorocha’s camp on Tuesday as a High Court in Imo State directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to issue the Certificate of Return to Rochas Okorocha as senator-elect for Imo West senatorial district.
Justice Ngozi Ukoha ordered the electoral umpire not to issue a Certificate of Return in respect of Imo West senatorial district election.
The order was given based on the application filed by Osita Izunaso of the All Progressives Grand Alliances (APGA), pending the determination of the motion on notice challenging the victory of Okorocha who is of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The commission had refused to issue the certificate to Okorocha who was declared winner of the poll after the returning officer reported that he declared the former governor winner under duress.
But INEC said it would meet to consider the the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which asked it to issue the certificate to Okorocha.
The latest court order is the third on the issue, coming after that of the Federal High Court and a May 23 order from the High Court of Imo State directing INEC not to issue a Certificate of Return to any of the candidates in the election.
It was on this premise that the former Imo State governor was barred yesterday from attending the ninth National Assembly inauguration.