Saturday, 16 March 2019

Please give me my certificate. Okorocha begs inec

The current governor of Imo state and the
senator elect in the just concluded National
Assembly election conducted by the
Independent National Electoral Commission,
INEC, Mr Rochas Okorocha, Wednesday asked
the commission to hand him over his
certificate, noting that the commission cannot
seize his certificate because of a mere
petition against him.

Okorocha made this known when some of his
supporters marched to the government house
to protest.
Recall that INEC removed his name from the
list of senators-elect who will receive their
various certificates on Thursday. The
commission argued that the governor was
declared winner under duress.
In view of the above therefore, Okorocha
opined, “I wonder why INEC will withhold my
certificate for a frivolous reason, without
hearing from me. I am not a violent person
and those who know me know that,” he said.
“This is why we have peace in Imo state. The
Returning Officer could not have done that
under duress under the watchful eyes of the
Police, DSS and party agents. I am not
unmindful of the fact that those who are
fighting me from Abuja are anxious to see me
removed as a senator. I urge INEC to do the
right thing immediately by releasing my
certificate.
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“Let me tell every Nigerian that I fought no
one and no one should fight me. If anyone
fights me, he will be the loser at the end of it
all. My INEC Certificate cannot be touched or
seized, doing so is belittling democracy in
Nigeria.
“It is only the tribunal that has the right to
say otherwise once a result is declared. INEC
cannot seize ' my certificate by mere petition
written by somebody in a case I was not given
the opportunity to present my own side of the
story.”

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