The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has revealed why they won’t issue certificate of return to Rochas Okorocha.
According to INEC, they won’t be issuing certificate of return to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State because he was declared winner of Imo West Senatorial district under duress. This disclosure came after a list of those billed to be issued certificate on Thursday, March 14, was shared by the electoral body.
The event will take place at the Africa Hall of the International Conference Centre, Abuja, and it is expected that all candidates will be on ground before 10am.
Recall also that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said it will not issue certificates of return to any candidate declared winner of an election under duress. Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, made this known during a meeting with the inter-agency consultative committee on election security held in Abuja. According to him, the commission will not tolerate the intimidation of its staff during Saturday’s elections. He said:
“I am confident that working together with the security agencies, we will consolidate on the largely peaceful conduct of the presidential and national assembly elections while also taking decisive steps to deal with the minority of violators intent on disrupting the conduct of peaceful elections.
“However, the commission will not tolerate the act of holding our officials’ hostage and forcing them to declare winners under duress. Where such occurs, the commission will not reward bad behaviour by issuing them certificates of return.”