Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to release his certificate.
Okorocha and INEC are at loggerheads on account of the election of the Imo West Senatorial, which was dogged by controversy.
Subsequently, the electoral body omitted Okorocha’s name from its Senators-elect list. Protesting against the backdrop of the omission, the governor’s supporters on Wednesday marched to the State Government Office, where he addressed them on the situation.
Speaking, “The Returning Officer could not have done that under duress under the watchful eyes of the Police, DSS and party agents. I am not unmindful of the fact that those who are fighting me from Abuja are anxious to see me removed as a senator. I urge INEC to do the right thing immediately by releasing my certificate.
“Let me tell every Nigerian that I fought no one and no one should fight me. If anyone fights me, he will be the loser at the end of it all. My INEC Certificate cannot be touched or seized, doing so is belittling democracy in Nigeria.
“It is only the tribunal that has the right to say otherwise once a result is declared. INEC cannot seize my certificate by mere petition written by somebody in a case I was not given the opportunity to present my own side of the story.”