INEC Wrong To Withhold Okorocha’s Certificate Of Return – Adegboruwa

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…Says Ihedioha’s Directive To Banks On Imo Funds Unlawful

Constitutional lawyer and rights activist, Ebun-olu Adegboruwa on Friday faulted the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withhold certificate of return of Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha as a duly elected senator.

Adegboruwa, in a statement, said there was no legal basis for INEC to do so, just as he described directives by Imo State Governor-Elect, Emeka Ihedioha to banks not to honor transactions from the state government as unlawful.

According to him, “INEC has no legal basis to withhold the certificate of a person duly elected. Let’s quit party politics and do the right thing.

“Hon. Ihedioha, being a Governor-elect, cannot in law be doling out directives to banks and giving marching orders against a sitting government. Hon Ihedioha should wait till he has been sworn in. As it is now, he can only monitor events from the sidelines till May 29.”

He said it was wrong for anyone to seek to humiliate a man just because of political differences, adding that right thing must always be done.

“I urge INEC to present certificate to Governor Rochas Okorocha forthwith. The only other option now is for those who are aggrieved with his election to go to the Election Petitions Tribunal.

“INEC has no power in law to determine the fate of a candidate already declared winner of an election. That will be tantamount to usurping the will of the people,” Adegboruwa said.

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