The news of Rochas Okorocha not been listed in the print-out of the Senator-elect is not new as a legal practitioner, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, reacted to the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission to omit the name of the Imo State Governor.
Federal lawmakers were on Thursday presented with Certificate of Return but Okorocha was exempted, following the allegation by the Returning officer who had claimed that he (Okorocha) was declared winner under duress.
Okorocha why reacting to the decision of the electoral body insisted that INEC will give him his certificate.
Okorocha stated this while addressing a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.
“Maybe INEC wants to organise a special programme for me to hand over the certificate to me but clearly, I’ve won and it was a peaceful election,” he said.
Adegboruwa, in a statement released on Friday, stated that the electoral body does not have a legal basis to withhold the certificate of a person duly elected.
“Let’s quit party politics and do the right thing”, he noted.
“Hon. Ihedioha, being a Governor-elect, cannot in law be doling out directives to banks and giving marching orders against a sitting government.”
“Hon Ihedioha should wait till he has been sworn in. As it is now, he can only monitor events from the sidelines till May 29.”
“We cannot seek to humiliate a man just because of political differences. We must do the right thing.”
“I urge INEC to present the certificate to Governor Rochas Okorocha forthwith. The only other option now is for those who are aggrieved with his election to go to the Election Petitions Tribunal.”
“INEC has no power in law to determine the fate of a candidate already declared winner of an election. That will be tantamount to usurping the will of the people.”