An Owerri High Court has directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to issue certificate of return to Rochas Okorocha as senator-elect for Imo west senatorial district.
Justice Ngozi Ukoha handed down the order, restraining INEC from “departing from its decision not to issue a certificate of return in respect of Imo west senatorial district election.”
The judge gave the order while ruling on an application filed by Osita Izunaso of the All Progressives Grand Alliances (APGA), pending the determination of the motion on notice challenging the victory of Okorocha who is of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
INEC had refused to issue the certificate to Okorocha who was declared winner of the poll “under duress.”
However, the commission later said it would meet to consider the the order of the federal high court, Abuja, which asked it to issue the certificate to Okorocha.
The latest court order is the third on the issue, coming after that of the federal high court and a May 23 order from the high court of Imo directing INEC not to issue a certificate of return to any of the candidates in the election.
INEC is expected to announce its decision on the matter later on Tuesday.
Earlier on tuesday, Okorocha was denied accreditation when he arrived the National Assembly Complex for the inauguration of the ninth senate.