Certificate of return: Okorocha to know fate on Friday


By Shola Abayomi.

A Federal High Court in Abuja will on Friday, June 7, deliver judgment in the suit filed by former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, seeking to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue him a certificate of return as the senator-elect for Imo West Senatorial District.

The presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang, fixed Friday for ruling after welcoming final arguments from counsels of both parties.

According to arguments from Okorocha’s legal team, INEC lacks the statutory powers to withhold his certificate of return after being legitimately elected to occupy the senatorial seat.

Okorocha is also praying the court to declare that INEC acted in error when it refused to recognise him as the winner of the senatorial election, even after the Returning Officer had declared that he won the election.

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