The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Thursday issued Certificate of Return to Senators-elect.
The Commission issued the Certificate of Return at the International Conference Centre, ICC, in Abuja, on Thursday.
However, Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha was not available following the decision of the commission to not present him with a certificate for alleged coercing an electoral official to return him forcefully as senator-elect.
Okorocha immediately fired back, accusing INEC of allowing itself to be used by partisans who are afraid of his future political ambition in the country.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja shortly after the event, Okorocha accused some unnamed forces in the polity of trying to stop him from making an input into those who will become principal members of the National Assembly as well as the politics of 2023 presidency.
He said; “I am sure I was conspicuously absent from the certificates issuance ceremony. I was not there because INEC had removed my name from the list of senators having been declared the winner by the zonal returning officer.
“So, I am actually waiting to hear why INEC struck my name out. I think probably, INEC must be trying to do something special because I understand once results have been declared and returns made then you are bound to be issued a certificate of return but to have exempted me, I am in darkness as to what was the reason why I was not invited to collect my certificate of return.
“Maybe, INEC would want to organize a special programme for me to hand over this certificate of return to me because clearly, I won and it was a peaceful election, the best you can ever think of.”