Court orders INEC to Issue certificate of return to Okorocha

Court orders INEC to Issue certificate of return to Okorocha

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to forthwith, issue a Certificate of Return to immediate past Governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, as the Senator-elect for Imo West senatorial district in the National Assembly. Justice Abang declared, the returning officer Prof


Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to forthwith, issue a Certificate of Return to immediate past Governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, as the Senator-elect for Imo West senatorial district in the National Assembly.

Justice Abang declared, the returning officer Prof Innocent Ibeawuchi, having declared Okorocha as the winner of the senatorial election held on February 23, 2019, for Imo West Senatorial district, having polled a total of 97,792 votes, that “the plaintiff remains the Senator-elect for Imo West senatorial zone”.

More so, the court held that in view of section 68(c) of the Electoral Act, the decision of the returning officer of INEC in declaring Okorocha, winner of the Imo West senatorial district “is final”.

The court also declared that in view of sections 68(c) and 71(1) of the Electoral Act, refusal of INEC to include Okorocha’s name in the list of senators-elect published on its website on March 11, 2019 “is ultra vires, unlawful, null and void”.

The court also declared that in view of sections 68(c) and 71(5) of the Electoral Act, refusal of INEC to issue a certificate of return to Okorocha “is ultra vires, unlawful, null and void”.
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