Okorocha reveals shocking details of how INEC Chairman is working with Oshiomhole

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Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has accused the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mahmood Yakubu of working with National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole in robbing him of his senatorial ticket.

Okorocha had earlier been declared winner of the Imo West Senatorial district election on February 23, but the victory was withdrawn, after the presiding officer said he declared the results under duress. INEC thereafter refused to issue him Certificate of Return.

But Okorocha who had also earlier been in a running battle with Oshiomhole said APC was now copying his former party the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

He said: “The evil I feared in the PDP has befallen me ten times in the APC. Last week, I wrote a letter to INEC for the first time myself, informing INEC of their wrongdoings and illegal actions taken by INEC to withhold my certificate on mere allegations of duress which was never founded, neither was there any committee set up to investigate the matter,”Okorocha said.

“So, INEC on their own believe the reports of their returning officer without investigating the authenticity of the investigation. So, there was no issue of fair hearing at all.

“What is important here is that INEC does not have the power to withhold the certificate of return having declared the result. I believe the INEC chairman is up to a game with the chairman of the APC who is being used to frustrate my coming to the senate and this is politically motivated.

“I’ve given enough time that INEC might correct itself and do the needful and issue me my certificate of return but to no avail.”

“Many things have happened so far and these should be of concern to everyone.

“INEC that made the submission to the tribunal have gone back requesting to withdraw it because the submission was defending the declaration by INEC.

“I wonder what they want to do with the certificate, if they don’t give it to me, who will they give it to? Maybe they will give it to Festus Okoye because he is from my Senatorial zone but what they are doing is presenting INEC as a lying organisation and that is dangerous for our democracy because, as it stands right now, the image of INEC is bastardised.

“What it means is that tomorrow somebody can withhold the certificate of anybody because you don’t like his face because you feel that he wants to politically challenge you in future.”

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