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Senate seat: Okorocha seeks return certificate through court

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IMO State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has asked the Federal High Court Abuja to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to issue him with a Certificate of Return as the Senator- elect for Imo West Senatorial District.

In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/296/2019,  Okorocha argued that INEC lacked the statutory powers to withhold his Certificate of Return, insisting that he was validly elected to occupy the senatorial seat.

He urged the court to declare that the electoral body acted in error, when it refused to recognise him, even after the returning officer had declared him winner.

INEC was cited as the sole defendants in the suit he filed through his team of lawyers led by Mr. Kehinde Ogunwumiju, SAN.

Justice Taiwo .O. Taiwo however, fixed April 5 to commence hearing on the matter and  okayed a joinder application that was filed by the senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Jones Onyeriri and that of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Senator Osita Izunaso.

Onyeriri and Izunaso were joined as interested parties in the matter and  listed as 2nd and 3rd defendants, respectively.

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