Ogbeta.ng: Why Okorocha Was Denied Entry Into The Senate Today

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Why Okorocha Was Denied Entry Into The Senate Today

Rochas Okorocha 

Former Governor Rocha Okorocha was denied access into the National Assembly after it emerged today that a high court sitting in Imo state directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to issue him a certificate of return.


Recall that Rochas Okorocha was elected as senator-elect for Imo west senatorial district in a controversial manner. Ngozi Ukoha, a judge, restrained INEC from “departing from its decision not to issue a certificate of return in respect of Imo west senatorial district election.”

A copy of the judgement dated Tuesday, June 11, was seen by TheCable.

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).

The commission had refused to issue the certificate to Okorocha who was declared winner of the poll after the returning officer reported that he declared the former governor winner under duress. But INEC 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. Okorocha had earlier been denied accreditation when he arrived the National Assembly Complex for the ongoing inauguration.

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