The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would hold a crucial meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, to decide the fate of the former Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha following a recent ruling by an Abuja Federal High Court, ordering the Commission to issue him a Certificate of Return after being declared winner of the senatorial election in his district.
NAN reports that INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, disclosed this in an interview in an exclusive chat on Monday in Abuja.
“The Commission will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) regarding judgments and orders served on it from various Courts of Law.
“The Commission has not taken any decision relating to the matter you alluded to. The Commission may deal with all such issues and other pending ones tomorrow.
“National commissioners supervising State Level Review of the 2019 Elections returned to Abuja on Monday to clear all pending judgments and orders before heading back to their states of supervision,” Okoye said.
INEC had withheld Okorocha's certificate of return after the returning officer said he declared him winner of the senatorial election under duress. He had explained that he was violently forced to declare him winner of the poll.
Reacting, INEC maintained that it would not reward such illegality with Certificate of Return and vowed not to recognize the declaration.