The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that except the court orders it to do so, it will not issue the Certificate of Return to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State.
The electoral body has refused to issue the Certificate of Return to him following the claim of the Returning Officer that he was made to announce Okorocha as the winner of the Imo West Senatorial District under duress.
The election was held on February 23, 2019.
The National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC, Festus Okoye, reiterated the position of the commission on the refusal to issue the Certificate of Return to Okorocha.
Okoye who spoke at a press conference said Okorocha was not the only one affected.
His words: “The position of the commission is that we will not issue Certificate of Return to Governor Rochas Okorocha in relation to the senatorial election.
“Since the matter is already in court, the best thing to do is not to prejudge the matter that is in court, but to allow the judicial processes to run through.
“If at the end of the day, the court gives an order that we should give him his Certificate of Return, of course the commission will obey such a court order.
“If on the other hand the court takes a different position and makes other consequential orders in relation to the conduct of the elections in Imo West, we will also comply with whatever order the court gives.
“As of today, the matter is pending in court.
“The best thing to do is to wait for the outcome of the judicial process.”