Checks on the website of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed CHECKPOINTCHARLEY’s report that Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha will not be issued a certificate of return after he was declared the senator-elect for Imo West “under duress.”
Mr. Okorocha’s name was conspicuously missing on the list of newly elected senators published on INEC’s website.
The electoral body had published the list of elected federal lawmakers ahead of the presentation of the Certificates of Return on Thursday.
In the column for the three Imo Senatorial districts, only the Senator-elect for Imo East, Onyewuchi Ezenwa Francis of the Peoples Democratic Party was listed.
No name was on the space for Imo West Senatorial district and INEC merely remarked on it, “declaration made under duress.”
Imo North’s space was also empty except for a “Supplementary” remark. INEC had ordered a rerun of that senatorial election.
Recall that the returning officer for Imo West Senate race had said on national television that Okorocha was declared winner of the Senate race “under duress”.
Meanwhile, INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu last week made it clear that there will be no certificate of return for any candidate who was declared winner of an election under duress.
Mr. Yakubu did not mention Okorocha by name but it was a veiled reference to his case.