SAHARANEWS – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has again break the heart of the Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, as the commission replied to the positiveness shown by the governor concerning his Certificate of Return withheld by the electoral body.
Recall that on Thursday, Rochas Okorocha had shown confidence that his Certificate of Return will still be given to him by the INEC.
“INEC was planning something special, to present him with his certificate,” the Governor said at a conference on Thursday.
According to the Governor, “Maybe INEC wants to organise a special programme for me to hand over the certificate to me but clearly, I’ve won and it was a peaceful election.”
But, reacting, INEC’s National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye on Channels Tv Sunrise Daily on Monday insisted that the commission has not rescinded its order and would not present the certificate to the Imo State Governor.
He stressed that no candidate including Governor Okorocha will be given certificate of return after influencing REC in his states “under duress”.
Asked whether the commission has reversed its decision on Okorocha’s certificate of return, Okoye said: “Yes, We’ve made it clear on why we didn’t present any certificate of return to him (Okorocha).
“If you look at our website, we said that the declaration and return were made under duress and that we are not going to give any certificate to any person or any individual that procured a return under duress.”