Lagos lawyer, Ebun-olu Adegboruwa, says the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has no reasons whatsoever to withhold Owelle Rochas Okorocha’s certificate as one of the Senators elected in Imo State.
In his exact words: “INEC has no legal basis to withhold the certificate of a person duly elected. Let’s quit party politics and do the right thing.”
The radical lawyer also has a word for the Governor-Elect of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha. According to him: “Hon. Ihedioha, being a Governor-elect, cannot in law be doling out directives to banks and giving marching orders against a sitting government. Hon Ihedioha should wait till he has been sworn in. As it is now, he can only monitor events from the sidelines till May 29.
“We cannot seek to humiliate a man just because of political differences. We must do the right thing.
“I urge INEC to present certificate to Governor Rochas Okorocha forthwith. The only other option now is for those who are aggrieved with his election to go to the Election Petitions Tribunal. INEC has no power in law to determine the fate of a candidate already declared winner of an election. That will be tantamount to usurping the will of the people. God bless Nigeria.”
Interestingly, the hugely controversial Okorocha, who attempted unsuccessfully to have his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, succeed him, meted out the same ‘humiliation’ to his predecessor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim. No sooner had INEC declared him winner of the election than he ordered banks to literally cease dealing with Ohahim.