Monday, 11 March 2019

INEC removes Okorocha's name from list of elected senators

The name of Rochas Okorocha, the outgoing governor of Imo State, has been excluded from the list of senators-elect published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday.

The commission in a post on its official website said it will issue certificates of return to all “successful candidates in 2019 National Assembly elections” on Thursday at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.

INEC noted that only senators-elect as listed on the commission’s website are invited for the ceremony.

Okorocha contested to represent Imo West Senatorial District in the February 23 election.

Though the returning officer, Innocent Ibeabuchi, declared Okorocha winner after a controversial collation of results, he clearly noted he did so “under duress”.

“…I have been held hostage here for days so I’m trying to ease off and take my life home back to my children and for the sake of that I am calling these results under duress,” Ibeabuchi had said before reading out the results.

In INEC’s list of senators-elect, Okorocha’s name was omitted.

“Declaration made under duress”, was boldly written instead.

Okorocha was last week suspended from his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, for alleged anti party activities.

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