15 March 2019

Nigeria: No Certificate of Return for Okorocha, 42 Others

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20 governors-elect announced by INEC so far.

Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha and 42 other 'winners' or candidates in the February 23 National Assembly elections yesterday failed to get their Certificates of Return when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officially presented certificates to the winners.

LEADERSHIP Friday reports that out of the 360 lawmakers, 35 could not get their certificates of return which INEC said supplementary elections will be conducted in those constituencies while somewhere as a result of court orders restraining the commission from issuing the certificate.

Others were as a result of declaration made under duress, it was gathered.

Supplementary elections would be conducted in Aba North /Aba South, in Abia State, Mbo / Okobo/ Oron / Udung Uko / Urue in Akwa-Ibom State, Aguata, Idemili North/ Edemili South all in Anamabra State and Zaki in Bauchi state.

Others also to conduct supplementary elections are: Apa/Agatu and Konshisha/ Vandeikya in Benue state, Ehime Mbano / Ihite-Uboma/ Obowo and Isiala Mbano / Okigwe / Onuimo in Imo state, Bassa/Dekina in Kogi State, Eti -Osa, Shomolu, Ojo, Ajeromi /Efelodun, Oshodi/ Isolo II in Lagos State, Ibarapa Central / Ibarapa North in Oyo state, Jos North/ Bassa in Plateau state, Ahoada West, Ogba/ Egbema Adoni, Akuku Toru / ASARI Rotu, Bonny/Degema, Emohua /Ekwerre, Okrika /Ogu Bolo in Rivers state and Bodinga/Denge Shuni/ Tureta in Sokoto State.

Constituencies in which certificate of return was not given as a result of court orders are: Njikoka/ Dunukofia /Anaocha in Anamabra State, Yakurr/ Abi in Cross Rivers State, Akko in Gombe State, Igabi, Lere all in Kaduna State, Kano Municipal in Kano State, Gurara/ Suleja/ Tafa, Kontagora/ Wushishi/ Mariga/ Mashegu, Magama/ Rijau in Niger State.

The certificate of return was not also issued to Oju/Obi federal constituency of Benue state as the declaration was said to have been made under duress which put the total number of those who could not get the certificate of return to 35.

For the 109 Senate seats, a total of nine certificate of return were not issued to those senatorial districts.

A supplementary elections would be conducted in seven senatorial districts which includes: Abia South, Imo North, Kogi East, Ondo South, Plateau South, Rivers East and Rivers West.

Bauchi South Senatorial District certificate was not given as a result of court order while Imo West Senatorial District was not issued as a result of declaration made under duress which summed the total number of senatorial districts a return certificate was not given to nine.

Meanwhile Rochas Okorocha has said that INEC might be planning to organise a special event for him since they committed his name in among those to collect their certificates of return.

LEADERSHIP reports that the electoral did not issue certificate of return to Okorocha even though he was said to have won Imo West Senatorial district.

The Imo state governor also lashed at those he called opposition, saying they were not smart in their quest to rig him and his governorship candidate, Uche Nwosu out, were not smart in executing their project.

While picking holes at the election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha as the next governor of the state, Okorocha alleged that the PDP candidate did not have the needed spread of 25 percent across the local government as mandated by law and so could not possibly be declared winner of the polls.

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