Finally, INEC issues Certificate of Return to Okorocha

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday issued a Certificate of Return to the embattled former Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha as winner of the recent election in Imo West Senatorial District District. Shortly after collection of the certificate within INEC headquarters in Abuja, Okorocha told journalists that he was called upon at exactly 6.14 pm that his certificate was ready. “At exactly 6.14 pm, this (Tuesday) evening, after the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly, I was invited that my certificate is ready and I have…

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Certificate of Return: Okorocha’s suit suffers setback as judge hands off case

Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday withdrew from the suit filed by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State in respect of his Certificate of Return. Okorocha had gone to court seeking an order compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue him a Certificate of Return as the Senator-elect for Imo West Senatorial District. When the matter came up for hearing on Wednesday, Justice Taiwo announced his decision to recuse himself from adjudicating on the matter based on allegations of bias against him. He further…

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Okorocha visits Buhari, says Oshiomhole may crash APC before 2023

… expresses hope of getting Certificate of Return Imo State State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has attacked the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshoimhole again, saying that with him in charge, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, might crash out before 2023 general elections. Okorocha spoke with State House Correspondents shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock, Abuja. According to him, “My fear now is that APC may have a serious setback in 2023 because the Oshiomhole-led executive is actually turning APC into a…

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Zamfara: Marafa’s APC faction urges INEC to withdraw Certificates of Return issued to Yari, others

The Senator Kabiru Marafa-led faction of the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara State, on Thursday, wrote to the Independent National Electoral Commission pleading for the withdrawal of the certificates of return issued to Governor Abdulaziz Yari and other candidates of the party who emerged victorious in the February 23, 2019 National Assembly elections in the state. The faction, through their counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who signed the letter, urged the Commission to obey the March 25, 2019 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Sokoto by withdrawing the certificates…

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Certificate of Return is for those who win freely, says INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday said Certificate of Return is only issued to candidates who win elections freely. It added that for any elected person to earn a Certificate of Return, it must be through the freewill of a returning officer who supervised the electoral process. INEC stated this as it cleared the air on its decision to withhold certificates of return to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and three others. INEC National Electoral Commissioner, Information and Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye, said the decision “does not amount…

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El-Rufai, Balarabe Receive Certificates Of Return (PHOTOS)

Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai and Dr. Balarabe Sabuwa Balarabe have received their certificates of return as Governor-elect and Deputy Governor-elect of Kaduna State.

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Niger State Gov. ,Others Receive Certificate of Return

The Independent National Electoral Commission in Niger on Wednesday commended eligible voters in the state for their peaceful conduct during the 2019 general elections. The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Samuel Egwu, made the commendation after presenting Certificates of Return to Governor Abubakar Bello and his deputy, Ahmed Ketsu, in Minna, Niger State capital. The REC also presented certificates of return to the 27 winners of the state assembly election of which APC won in 26 constituencies and PDP in one. Egwu said that the political maturity demonstrated by the voters…

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INEC Issues Certificate of Return to Ihedioha, Others in Imo

Following the end of the just concluded elections and settlement of issues following the conduct of the elections in Imo state, the Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday issued a  Certificate of Return to the governor-elect of the state, Emeka Ihedioha. The ceremony which was held at the INEC’s office in Owerri, saw a large crowd of party faithfuls come to show their solidarity. The INEC’s supervisory commissioner, representing Imo and Abia States, Okey Ibeanu had presented the Certificates of Return to the elected politicians which included the Gerald Irona…

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Why INEC Suspends Certificate of Return Issuance to Zamfara Gov, Lawmakers Elect

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the issuance of Certificates of Return to Governor-elect in Zamfara state, Muktar Idris, as well as State Assembly members-elect. The issuance of certificates, which would have taken place today (Wednesday) was suspended following a judgment of the appellate court regarding the sponsoring of candidates by the All Progressives Congress APC in the state. According to INEC, it has been served with a copy of the court judgment, and “is studying same.” “INEC has been served with the judgment of the Court of…

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INEC Gives Prerequisite For Issuing Certificate Of Return To Adeleke

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it can only issue a certificate of return to Sen Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party if governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state fails to appeal to the judgement of the  tribunal which sacked him within 21 days. The commission made this known yesterday in a bid to address the rumour that went round on social media with pictures suggesting that the electoral body had issued a certificate of return to Adeleke in the aftermath of Friday’s tribunal sitting in Abuja…

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Okorocha Sues INEC for Withholding Certificate of Return

Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, has applied at the Federal High Court Abuja, for an order compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue him with a Certificate of Return as the Senator- elect for Imo West Senatorial District. INEC had refused to issue him the certificate of return after the  Returning Officer for the February 23 election, Prof Francis Ibeawuchi, said he had announced the outgoing governor as winner of the senatorial election under duress. In the suit which had INEC as the sole defendant, the governor argued…

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Okorocha Missing as INEC Presents Certificates of Return to Senators-Elect

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.…

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Senators-Elect, Rep Members-Elect Get Certificates of Return on Thursday – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will on Thursday 14th March 2019 present Certificates of Return to all successful candidates in the 2019 National Assembly Elections held on 23rd February 2019. The Secretary to the Commission, Mrs. Rose Orianran-Anthony, said on Monday night in a statement that the presentations will take place at the Main Hall (Africa Hall) of the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja. According to her, while it is 10am for senators-elect, it would be 2pm for members of the House of Representatives-elect. “All Senators-elect,…

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No Certificate of Return for Any Candidate Declared Winner under Duress – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it will not issue Certificates of Return to candidates in places where its officials are held hostage or forced to declare winners under duress in the governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections on Saturday (tomorrow). The commission also threatened to record zero vote and cancel the results of polling units where its personnel deliberately failed to deploy the Smart Card Readers. The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this on Thursday during the meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election…

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Court Restrains INEC from Issuing Certificate of Return to Akpabio’s Opponent

An Abuja High Court has given an order, restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from issuing a certificate of return to Chris Ekpenyong on the just concluded election for Akwa Ibom North-West District. INEC had declared Mr Ekpenyong, a former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom, winner of the election, against the incumbent senator, Godswill Akpabio. According to the result announced by the returning officer, Peter Oban, a professor, Mr Akpabio scored 83,158 votes, while Mr Ekpenyong scored 118,215 votes. Before the announcement of the election result, Mr Akpabio had…

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