The United Progressives Party, (UPP) candidate, Precious Nwadike through his counsel Mr Kingdom Okere, seeks the arrest, investigation and prosecution of Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, for electoral defaults during the senatorial election.
Rochas Okorocha filed a suit against INEC in an Abuja High Court, praying the court to urge INEC to grant him his certificate of return as the winner of the senatorial election in the Orlu Senatorial District of IMO.
INEC has decided to investigate the case of the election due to the statement made by the returning officer co-coordinating the senatorial district that Rochas place him under pressure to declare him winner of the election,
while that is in process, Rochas approach the federal high court to challenge INEC, demanding the court to urge INEC to give him his certificate of return.
Okere said, on Friday that, while speaking with newsmen that they’re challenging the case suit filed by Rochas against INEC.
In his words; “The electoral act is clear as to what constitutes electoral offence; somebody held a returning officer hostage at gun point and forced him to declare results in his favour and we are here speaking grammar that they should give him certificate of return.
So we, having been joined as the sixth defendant.
We will urge this court to make a consequential order on the security agencies to immediately apprehend him on the 29th of May and prosecute him for electoral offence.
“That is for holding a returning officer hostage, telling him to declare him at gun point. This is not about certificate of return but about the sanctity of our electoral system, “Okere said.
One of Okorocha’s counsels, Mr Chibueze Nwanedo, however, said that the issue raised by Okere was for the Election Petition Tribunal and not the court.
According to Nwanedo, we are here to ask the court to urge INEC to do the needful, that is, to complete the electoral process by issuing a certificate of return to the winner of Orlu Senatorial District.
He maintained that after INEC conducted the election, a winner was declared and yet they were withholding the certificate.
He said that it was after INEC had issued the certificate of return that anyone aggrieved could go to the tribunal. He also noted that the issue of several parties seeking to join the suit was only an attempt to divert the court’s attention from the main issue.
Earlier, Justice Taiwo Taiwo granted the request of the candidate of KOWA party, Mr Nwachukwu Clement and that of Labour Party, Mr Uche Onyioma to be joined in the suit filed by Okorocha and ordered that all processes be served on them.
Clement and Onyioma were also senatorial candidates in the National Assembly election of Feb. 23.
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