INEC Finally Gives Okorocha Certificate Of Return

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday issued a Certificate of Return to the embattled former Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha as winner of the recent election in Imo West Senatorial District District, PUNCH reports.


Shortly after collection of the certificate within INEC headquarters in Abuja, Okorocha told journalists that he was called upon at exactly 6.14 pm that his certificate was ready.

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INEC finally presents certificate of return to Okorocha
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Friday Olokor, Abuja
After several weeks of conjectures, the Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday issued a Certificate of Return to the embattled former Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha as winner of the recent election in Imo West Senatorial District District.
Shortly after collection of the certificate within INEC headquarters in Abuja, Okorocha told journalists that he was called upon at exactly 6.14 pm that his certificate was ready.

“At exactly 6.14 pm, this (Tuesday) evening, after the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly, I was invited that my certificate is ready and I have just gone to collect it. I take it to be God’s time. I have always believed that justice delayed is justice denied, but all for the sake of our nation, I accepted it”, he stated.
He commended the judiciary for doing the needful and for being the last resort for the common citizens or anybody who felt oppressed.
Okorocha said, “I also want to thank INEC for taking this bold step against all odds by issuing my Certificate of Return, which goes a long way to confirm that the allegation of duress is not founded by a delay tactics by my detractors to have slowed down the process. I believe this is God’s time and I take it as God’s time. I am happy that finally the matter is resolved.”
When asked of his feeling about not being able to participate in the inauguration ceremony for the 9th National Assembly and the voting process which produced the leadership, Okorocha said that he would have to be in attendance of the inauguration.
“Otherwise I missed because I don’t have a certificate. Now that I have the certificate I have the opportunity to join my colleagues to see how to move Nigeria forward”, he stated.
Speaking on his impression about the All Progressives Congress, Okorocha said that he belonged to the APC, saying there was nothing wrong with the party but its management.
He said, “I will not stop be an APC member because of somebody. I came into APC alone and I am in the party. I believe in the party. It will be good to say that time will tell.”
The immediate governor said that he came to the Senate to rebuild the political bridges and the rest of the country.
“I have also decided to see the possibility of free education at all levels in Nigeria, so that ordinary people, the poor can have access to education”, Okorocha emphasised.
Source: Punch

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Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in a Nigerian University.

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