The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been advised to resist the temptation of being used by politicians to deal with their opponents.
This advised is coming from none other than the every outspoken Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, who believes that his political opponents wanted to cripple him politically before 2023 but what they don’t understand is that it won’t be the same senate if he is not around.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has removed the name of Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has been removed from list of elected senators.
Okorocha was initially declared winner of the senatorial election of February 23, but returning officer for the election, Innocent Ibeabuchi, later revealed that he was forced to declare the governor winner.
Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, had informed last week that the commission would not issue certificate of return to any candidate declared winner of an election under duress.
“INEC will not tolerate the act of holding our officials hostage and forcing them to declare winners under duress. Where such occurs, the commission will not reward bad behaviour by issuing them certificates of return,” he stated.
Okorocha who has since debunked the allegation said about not presented a certificate of return by INEC: “I was conspicuously absent from the certificates issuance ceremony.
‘I was not there because the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has removed my name from the list of elected Senators, having been declared the winner by the zonal returning officer. I am actually waiting to hear why INEC struck my name out.
“I think probably, the commission must be trying to do something special, because I understand that once results have been declared and returns made, then you are bound to be issued a certificate of return to office.”
Should INEC listen to Okorocha?