Court orders INEC to issue certificate of return to former Imo Governor

Peter Bahago, Abuja


The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria  ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue the certificate of return to the former Governor of IMO state,  Rochas Okorocha, as the senator-elect for the Imo West Senatorial District.

Justice Okon Abang made the order in a  suit filed by the former governor challenging  the decision of INEC to withhold his certificate of return after being  declared the winner of the February 23, 2019, National Assembly election.

Justice Abang held that once a candidate is declared winner by the returning officer in accordance with the laws, INEC has no power to withhold the certificate of return to the candidate.

INEC had claimed that its returning officer announced Mr Okorocha winner under duress hence, its decision to withhold the certificate of return.