Immediate past Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha is in a jubilant mood as this story indicates. The former Governor can now heave a sigh of relief as he has just been presented with his Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The presentation of his Certificate of Return brings to an end the lingering legal battle he has been engaged in with the electoral body who had said it would not issue him his Certificate of Return since the Returning officer for his election had declared that he only announced Okorocha as winner of the Imo West Senatorial district election under duress.
Okorocha commended the electoral body for issuing him his certificate of return as the duly elected sentor-elect for Imo west senatorial district.
Okorocha, in a statement by his media aide, Sam Onwuemedo, in Owerri, said that he was happy that the issuance of certificate of return received national and international attention.
He said that he commended the INEC Retuning Officer, Prof Innocent Ibeabuchi who said that he declared him(Okorocha) senator-elect under duress.
Okorocha said that without the don, his case wouldn’t have received public sympathy.
The statement read in part, “With the release of his certificate of return as the Senator-elect for Imo West Senatorial District, former governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has thanked God.
“He also thanked Nigerians for their concern and solidarity all through the period his certificate of return was an issue.
“He also expressed gratitude to the judiciary for being there for those who hunger for justice.”
Yesterday the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) issued him his Certificate of Return.
According to the Nation, the board obeyed the directive after its management meeting on Tuesday.
DAILY POST reported on Friday that Federal High Court in Abuja ordered INEC to issue Certificate of Return to Okorocha as the duly elected Senator representing Orlu, Imo West Senatorial district.
Justice Okon Abang ruled that the decision to deprive Okorocha of the certificate was “lawless.”
Abang held that only the returning officer of INEC had the constitutional authority to declare a winner.
He held that any person declared a winner by the returning officer remains a winner until petitioners succeed in upturning the declaration at the election tribunal.