Okorocha petitions INEC for withholding his certificate of return. He also says that INEC lacks the power to reverse his election.
The outgoing Imo state Governor says according to the law of the country, INEC has no right to withhold his certificate of return. He also faults the obstruction of INEC by not letting the tribunal look into the case.
Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo state and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Imo West senatorial district in the 2019 elections has petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over his certificate of return
“There shall be established for the federation one or more elections tribunal to be known as the National Assembly Elections Tribunal which shall, to the exclusion of any court or tribunal, have original jurisdiction to hear and determine petitions as to whether (a) any person has been validly elected as a member of the national Assembly,” he said, quoting Section 285 (1) of the 1999 constitution.
The suit was filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja to compel INEC to issue him a certificate of return as senator-elect.
The suit was filed through his counsel, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), on Tuesday April 30. They are seeking a court order compelling the electoral body to issue the certificate of return.
However, some legal hitches introduced by some interested parties to the suit reportedly hampered the hearing of the case.