INEC DELISTS OKOROCHA FROM SENATORS’ ELECT; TO ISSUE CERTIFICATES OF RETURN TO GENUINELY DECLARED WINNERS.
The name of Rochas Okorocha, the outgoing Governor of Imo State, is missing from the list of senators-elect published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday.
Okorocha contested to represent Imo West Senatorial District in the February 23 election.
After the collation of results, Innocent Ibeabuchi, INEC Returning Officer for Imo West Senatorial District, declared Okorocha winner of the election.
However, Ibeabuchi has since said he was “forced” to declare the results at the Imo West election collation centre in Orlu.
Narrating his reason for the declaration, Ibeabuchi had said he was “held up at the centre by supporters of Mr Okorocha”, who insisted he must complete the announcement.
The returning officer’s account might have necessitated the omission of Okorocha’s name from INEC’s list, as the commission simply explained the omission on its website as “declaration under duress”.
The names of five other candidates in Abuja South, Kogi East, Ondo South, Plateau South, Rivers East and West, as well as Imo North, as supplementary elections will be conducted in those areas, while the candidate of Bauchi South will be determined by the court.
Meanwhile, the commission has scheduled to present declared winners of the senatorial elections which held on the 23rd of March and 9th February, 2019 respectively on Thursday 14th March in Abuja.
While those for the Senate will hold by 10am, those of the House of Representatives will come up by 2pm same day.
The statement by INEC, says the invitation is strictly for only members elect whose names appeared on the commission’s website.