Okorocha drags INEC to court over certificate of return

Chidi Samuel|

Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha has filed a suit at the federal high court, Abuja challenging the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s refusal to issue him a certificate of return for the Imo West Senatorial district.

The embattled governor is seeking an order compelling INEC to issue to him a certificate of return as the senator-elect.

The electoral umpire had refused to issue him the certificate of return after the Returning Officer for the February 23 election, Prof Francis Ibeawuchi, said announced Okorocha as winner of the senatorial election under duress.

In the suit filed on his behalf by his lawyer, Mr. Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), the plaintiff made INEC the sole defendant in the suit, however, by agreement of lawyers in the case, the judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, made an order permitting the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the election, Jones Onyeriri and that of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Senator Osita Izunaso, to be joined as the 2nd and the 3rd defendants.

Izunaso was represented by his lawyer, Nwafor Orizu while Onyeyiri was represented by Emeka Etiaba (SAN), and INEC by Mrs. Wendy Kuku.

Justice Taiwo ordered the defendants to file and exchange their processes within 10 days, while the plaintiff counsel was given three days to respond to them.

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