August 21, 2019
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Okorocha missing as Senators-elect receive Certificates of Return, says withholding his certificate could cause tension

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has made good it’s word by not recognizing the election of Rochas Okorocha into the Senate.

Imo state governor’s name was missing among the Senate-elect who received their certificate of returns at the International Conference Centre Thursday.

Okorocha was said to have won one of the senatorial seats in Imo state.

Consequently, INEC placed an embargo on his victory at the poll.

Meanwhile, Governor Rochas Okorocha has said that the withholding of his Certificate of Return by the INEC has the potential to stir tension in Imo State.

In his reaction to the development, Okorocha argued that the move to withhold his certificate of return based on allegation without hearing his own side of the story is unjust.

INEC had earlier released names of those to be given the certificate of return.

Okorocha, however, said that the action by INEC is an insult to his person and a mockery of Nigeria’s fledgling democracy.

Addressing some youths at the government house in Owerri the Imo state capital, Okorocha alleged that he’s aware that INEC has colluded with some of his political enemies to deny him his mandate.

He urged INEC to do the needful and uphold his mandate and present him his Certificate of Return.

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