Following the statement made by the Governor and senator-elect of Imo State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has made it clear that there will be no special ceremony for him as long as his name did not appear on the list of successful candidates in the 2019 general elections.
According to INEC’s director of voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi: “There is no special ceremony for anybody. I think we should get that one quite clear. Anybody thinking otherwise will be living in fool’s paradise Monday.”
According to Mr. Okorocha, “I was not there because INEC has removed my name from the list of elected Senators… I am actually waiting to hear why INEC struck my name out.
“I think probably, INEC must be trying to do something special, because I understand that once results have been declared and returns made, then you are bound to be issued a certificate of return.”
In response to this, INEC said: “As far as we are concerned, we have presented certificates to those due to get certificates and for those who could not come for one reason or the other, we will still present theirs to them if they are yet to receive.”
Mr Osaze-Uzzi said when a declaration is made under duress, “I don’t think there will be a second ballot. The return officer and the commission will take a decision and we will alert the public when the time is apt for that.”[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp3eRMHrxl4]