The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has issued Certificate of Return to former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.
According to the Nation, the board obeyed the directive after its management meeting on Tuesday.
It was reported on Friday that Federal High Court in Abuja ordered INEC to issue Certificate of Return to Okorocha as the duly elected Senator representing Orlu, Imo West Senatorial district.
Justice Okon Abang ruled that the decision to deprive Okorocha of the certificate was “lawless.” Abang held that only the returning officer of INEC had the constitutional authority to declare a winner.
He held that any person declared a winner by the returning officer remains a winner until petitioners succeed in upturning the declaration at the election tribunal.
Earlier today, another high court sitting in Imo state directed The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to issue certificate of return to Rochas Okorocha as senator-elect for Imo west senatorial district.
Ngozi Ukoha, a judge, restrained INEC from “departing from its decision not to issue a certificate of return in respect of Imo west senatorial district election.”
The former governor had earlier today been denied accreditation when he arrived the National Assembly Complex for the ongoing inauguration.