“We will not give Rochas Okorocha certificate of return”, INEC.


The Independent National Electoral commission has said it cannot issue Certificate of Return to anyone that harasses ,intimidates and puts the commission’s officer under pressure in order to be declared winner .

The Commission said this while responding to the court ruling instructing INEC to issue Certificate of Return to Okorocha as the winner of Imo West Senatorial Election.

Okorocha was alleged to have kidnapped returning officer , Prof.Innocent Ibeawuchi, during the declaration of election results and forced him to announce him as the winner of the election .

Rochas Okorocha biting his finger .
Rochas Okorocha. Photo source : PUNCH

The National Commissioner and Chairman , Information and Voter Education Committee ,Festus Okoye Esq in a statement noted that INEC is with a copy of the judgment and also in possession of another court order of a high court in Imo State directing the electoral body not to issue Certificate of Return to Okorocha.

“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,” he said.

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