The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued a statement that it is still holding on to its decision not to issue a Certificate Of Return to Rochas Okorocha.
An officer of the commission said, in response to an Abuja branch of the Federal High Court, that the commission will not issue a Certificate Of Return to anybody who is capable of harassing and intimidating an officer of the commission.
Okorocha had during the declaration of the results of the elections held on March 9th, kidnapped the Residing officer Prof. Innocent Ibeawuchi and coerced the man into announcing him (Okorocha) as the winner of the election.
Festus Okoye. Esq., National commission and chairman, Information and voter’s education committee in a statement said the INEC received a copy of the judgment from the Abuja high court to issue Rochas Okorocha a Certificate Of Return. But he also stated that he is in possession of another copy of a judgment from a branch of the High Court in Owerri, not to issue Rochas Okorocha a Certificate Of Return.
“The commission’s overriding consideration is the safety of its ad-hoc staff, electoral officers and collation/returning officers and it 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 favorable declaration and be rewarded with a Certificate Of Return.” Okoye said.