Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Okorocha denied accreditation into the senate

Former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, was on Tuesday prevented from participating in the inauguration of the 9th national assembly.

The ex-governor had arrived at the national assembly on Tuesday morning and headed straight to the office of clerk of the national assembly, Sani Omolori.

After some minutes at Omolori’s office, he walked out of the national assembly.

Okorocha was said to have attempted convincing the clerk to accredit him for the exercise but he did not succeed.

He had contested the Imo west senatorial district election under the All Progressives Congress (APC) and declared winner.

But returning officer for the election, Innocent Ibeabuchi, later said he declared the former governor winner of the election under duress.

The electoral body had refused to issue him a certificate of return, saying the election was fraught with controversies.

Although a federal high court in Abuja ruled that INEC should issue Okorocha a certificate of return, the commission did not do so, saying it was worried about “rewarding bad behaviour”.

The election for the next Senate President and Deputy Senate President is underway.

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