Okorocha Sues INEC Over Certificate Of Return
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before a Federal High Court in Abuja Nigeria’s capital.
The electoral body had refused to issue him the certificate after the Returning Officer for the February 23 election, Francis Ibeawuchi, said he had declared Okorocha as the winner under duress.
In the suit filed on his behalf by his lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), the plaintiff made INEC the sole defendant in the suit.
However, by agreement of lawyers in the case, the judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, made an order permitting the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, Jones Onyeriri, and that of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Osita Izunaso, to be joined as the 2nd and the 3rd defendants.
Izunaso was represented by his lawyer, Nwafor Orizu; Onyeyiri was represented by Emeka Etiaba (SAN), and INEC by Wendy Kuku.
Justice Taiwo ordered the defendants to file and exchange their processes within 10 days, as the plaintiff counsel was handed three days to respond to them.
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