Tuesday, April 9, 2019

INEC Activities Meant To Scuttle Democracy In Imo, Okorocha Says

Governor Rochas Okorocha has alleged that the activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Imo during the announcement of election results were designed to scuttle democracy in the state.

Okorocha made the allegation on Tuesday, while briefing newsmen in Owerri on INEC’s continued refusal to issue him the certificate of return as the winner of the Imo West Senatorial District election.

He described as false, the commission’s allegation that the returning officer for the Feb. 23 senatorial poll in the area allegedly announced the result under duress.

The governor, therefore, urged INEC to look into the confusion over the election results in some areas of the state. He said: “Elections are over and we are now dealing with the aftermath characterising it.

“There was an allegation of duress but up till now no one has been able to say who is guilty because the victim has stated that I never touched him.

“The police also reported that there was no duress and yet INEC has continued to withhold my certificate of return. “It is clear that the Resident Electoral Commissioner was here on a mission to frustrate my efforts but he has only succeeded in delaying justice. “It is also unfortunate that the Imo INEC allowed itself to be used as a weapon to destroy our democracy but we will not relax until the right thing is done.”