Former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha said on Monday that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), contrary to reports online, is yet to issue him a Certificate of Return as the Imo West senator-elect despite a federal High Court’s order to that effect.
Okorocha made the clarification in Owerri by his media aide, Sam Onwuemedo, saying the picture circulating online where Okorocha was holding a Certificate of return is fake.
He said Nigerians would be informed when INEC issues him(Okorocha) his certificate of return.
The statement read partly, “The attention of the former governor of lmo State, His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha has been drawn to fake photo news showing where he is holding what appears like a certificate purportedly issued to him by INEC.
“The photograph in question expectedly has been trending on social media. And we have been receiving calls from well-meaning Nigerians to that effect, either congratulating the former governor or to confirm the authenticity of the photo news.
“The truth is that the photograph is fake and didn’t emanate from us. On our side, we don’t engage in awkward actions.
“When the former governor and the senator-elect for lmo West senatorial District receives his certificate of Return, we will duly inform the general public.”
The inauguration of the ninth senate takes place tomorrow (Tuesday).