The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) seemingly refusing to acknowledge Rochas Okorocha as a senator-elect has since generated a lot of controversy. It’s been a talking point, with Okorocha recently launching an attack against the leadership of his party APC. He accused the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and other unnamed leaders of the party of working with the electoral commission “to kill his senatorial ambition.”
The governor singled out Festus Okoye, a commissioner in INEC, saying he was being used as the “hatchet man” for the plot. Till now, INEC hasn’t issued a certificate of return to Okorocha, who was declared the winner of the Imo West senatorial election. The presiding officer, Francis Ibeawuchi, however, said he was forced to make the declaration under duress.
On Tuesday, Okorocha revealed in a letter to INEC over his current predicament. Here’s an excerpt:
“The evil I feared in the PDP has befallen me 10 times in the APC. Last week, I wrote a letter to INEC for the first time, informing them of their wrongdoings and illegal actions to withhold my certificate on mere allegation of duress which was never founded, neither was there any committee set up to investigate the matter.”
Will INEC issue Okorocha a certificate of return to acknowledge his newly minted senatorial position? We just have to wait and see.