An Imo state High Court on Tuesday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to issue certificate of return to Rochas Okorocha as senator-elect for Imo west senatorial district.
The presiding Judge, Justice Ngozi Ukoha, restrained INEC from changing its earlier decision not to issue a certificate of return in respect of Imo west senatorial district election.”
She gave the order while ruling on an application filed by Osita Izunaso of the All Progressives Grand Alliances (APGA), pending the determination of the motion on notice challenging the victory of Rochas Okorocha who is of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
INEC had refused to issue the certificate to Rochas Okorocha who was declared winner of the poll after the returning officer alleged that he declared Okorocha winner under duress.
However, the electoral body said it would meet to consider the directive of the federal high court, Abuja, which asked it to issue the certificate to Okorocha and it is expected to announce its decision on the matter later on Tuesday.