Certificate Of Return: INEC Complicating Matters – Okorocha

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Outgoing governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorochas has condemned the continuous decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to hold on to his Certificate of Return despite been declared winner of the Imo West Senatorial District election.

Okorocha made this known on Tuesday while addressing journalists in Owerri, where he denied reports that the results of the election that was held on February 23 was announced under duress by the electoral umpire.

He however, appealed to INEC to take the right step of declaring him winner in order to sustain and maintain the democracy of Nigeria.

“Elections are over and we are now dealing with the aftermath characterising it.

“There was an allegation of duress but up till now no one has been able to say who is guilty because the victim has stated that I never touched him.

“The police also reported that there was no duress and yet INEC has continued to withhold my certificate of return.

“It is clear that the Resident Electoral Commissioner was here on a mission to frustrate my efforts but he has only succeeded in delaying justice.

“It is also unfortunate that the Imo INEC allowed itself to be used as a weapon to destroy our democracy but we will not relax until the right thing is done.”

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