Author: Justina Otio
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has on Friday shown grave concern over the judgment of the Federal High Court over it’s decision to issue a Certificate of Return to former Gov. Rochas Okorocha as Senator-elect for Imo West.
INEC had made a statement through its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr. Festus Okoye, stating that they would definitely meet to discuss the new development on Okorocha’s case with a need to doing the needful.
INEC also showed their displeasure at politicians going to any length to make procure favorable court judgment.
The statement issued had read in part:
“The Commission’s overriding consideration is the safety of its ad-hoc staff, Electoral Officers and Collation/Returning Officers and is worried that if electoral impunity is allowed to flourish, any individual can harass, intimidate and put the Commission’s officers under duress, procure a favourable declaration and be rewarded with a Certificate of Return”, said Okoye.
The court case had been heard in a Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by the Justice Okon Abang who had directed the Commission to issue a Certificate of Return to Rochas Okorocha as the Senator-elect for Imo West Senatorial District.
The commission however said they had been served with the Order of a High Court of Imo State, presided over by Hon. Justice Njemanze, that had subsequently directed the Commission not to issue a Certificate of Return to any of the candidates that contested the Imo West Senatorial District election.
“The Order from the High Court of Imo State was issued on 23rdMay 2019 and the suit has been further adjourned to 26thJune 2019. “The Commission is aware that the judgement delivered by the Federal High Court, Abuja is the latest in time and determined the rights of the parties in relation to the subject matter of the Certificate of Return, in respect of the Imo West Senatorial Election”, said INEC.
The Commission had also gone ahead to explain in no small details that it was taking a critical review of all state levels 2019 general elections and all the National Commissioners are either in or heading to their States of Supervision to coordinate activities relating to the said review.
“In view of the import and directives of the said judgement, the Commission will meet as soon as practicable to do the needful. “As a law-abiding institution, the Commission will continue to obey judgements of all courts of competent jurisdiction”, INEC added.
Source…… Daily news