Imo governor, Rochas Okorocha, was already having a bad day. His beloved son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, who he wants to succeed him as governor is losing to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha, by almost 80,000 votes, with only four local government areas left. Nwosu is running on the platform of the Action Alliance (AA).
And then things got worse: Around 4pm on Monday, INEC dropped a bombshell. In a statement announcing that certificates of return will be presented on Thursday to newly elected members of the national assembly, INEC said only those whose names are listed on its website are invited for the ceremony. And Okorocha’s name was not listed among senators-elect. Next to the box for his constituency, Imo West, was this damning remark, “Declaration made under duress.”
Why it matters: INEC is standing by its returning officer in the senatorial district, Prof. Innocent Ibeawuchi, who alleged that he was held hostage and subsequently declared Okorocha as winner of the Imo West senate seat under duress. Despite the denials by the governor, INEC is clearly not recognising him as senator-elect. It is hard to see how he comes back from this. His grand aspiration of heading to the senate is crumbling alongside his aspiration of building a family dynasty in the state.