The Independent National Electoral Commission has suggested that former Imo Governor Rochas Okorocha might have gamed the system after the courts officially recognized him as a Senator representing Imo West against the decision of INEC.
INEC withheld Okorocha’s certificate of return after the Returning Officer, Professor Innocent Ibeabuchi said he pronounced Okorocha winner of the elections under duress. Although the commission has announced its willingness to accept the results, it noted in its reaction through the Director of Voters Education and Publicity, Festus Okoye that the judgement is in bad spirit. “If electoral impunity is allowed to flourish, any individual can harass, intimidate and put the Commission’s officers under duress, procure a favourable declaration and be rewarded with a Certificate of Return,” he said.
Meanwhile, Okorocha has hailed the judgement, declaring that he has ‘forgiven’ the electoral commission.