The electoral body in the country, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has just revealed that it would hold a meeting next week to take a decision on the letter which Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State wrote to it challenging its powers to withhold his Certificate of Return.
It will be recalled that Okorocha, who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the February 23 Imo West Senatorial election, had his certificate of return withheld after he was earlier declared as the winner of the election by the Presiding Officer.
The electoral commission later made a claim that he made the declaration under duress.
The governor, amongst other moves taken to reclaim his mandate, wrote Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman, insisting that it was not lawful for the Commission to deny him a certificate of return as he already emerged senator-elect.
In its reaction, the INEC commissioner for information and voter education, Festus Okoye, stated that though both parties were in court over the issue, the chairman of the commission would meet with other commissioners to hold a deliberation on the issue and then decide on the next line of action.
“INEC chairman will meet next week with Commissioners to deliberate on the latest letter written by Okorocha and take a look at the issue again. Both parties are in court, but the INEC chairman is outside the country and most of the commissioners are on duty,” Okoye said.
He stated that the commission was not in any way concerned about certain comments which were attributed to Okorocha on the issue, stressing that it would, however, not take any action which is not within the ambit of the law.
“The case is in court but we believe what we are doing is in accordance with the law,” Okoye added.
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