Former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha did not hesitate to show his joy after a Federal High Court in Abuja, on Friday, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately issue him the certificate of return as the senator-elect for the Imo West Senatorial District.
Justice Okon Abang made this order in his judgment on the suit filed by Okorocha to challenge INEC’s decision to withhold his certificate of return after he was declared the winner of the February 23, 2019 National Assembly election in the senatorial district.
INEC had based its decision to withhold the certificate of return on the grounds that its Returning Officer who presided over the election complained to it that he declared the results of the election under duress.
But the judge, who described INEC’s action as lawless and arbitrary, agreed with Okorocha’s lawyer, Mr. Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), that the plaintiff having been declared the winner of the election, INEC had ceased to have power or legal authority to review the declaration.
Okorocha, in his reaction, said he had forgiven those who encouraged INEC to withhold his Certificate Of Return as the senator -elector for Imo West. While jubilating with his family and supporters, the former governor displayed his dancing skills, dropping a not-so-perfect “Shaku Shaku” dance step for the excitement of the people.
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