Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, says the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) might be planning to organise a special event to issue him a certificate of return.His name had been removed by Inec.
Innocent Ibeauchi, returning officer for the election in Imo west senatorial district, had said he was forced to declare Okorocha winner.
Responding, Mahmmod Yakubu, chairman of the commission, said INEC would not reward such “bad behaviour”.
Still surprised by the development, Gov. Okorocha said “I am sure you are aware that I was conspicuously absent at the certificates issuance ceremony. I was not there because INEC has removed my name from the list of elected senators, having been declared the winner by the zonal returning officer.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.”
“Maybe, INEC will want to organise a special programme for me to hand over the certificate of return to me, because clearly, I won and it was a peaceful election, the best you can ever think of,” he said.
“How can you put somebody on duress to declare you the winner of an election that you have already won? It is not true, but I must let the world understand that this is a game that is being played.