The counsel to Precious Nwadike of the United Progressives Party, Kingdom Okere, has stated that his client is calling for the arrest, investigation and prosecution of the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha who he accused of alleged electoral malpractice.
Okere while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Thursday stated that his client was against an application filed by the Imo State Governor concerning his senatorial election.
Governor Okorocha had filed a suit asking the Federal High Court, Abuja to order the Independent National Electoral Commission, to issue a certificate of return to him as the senator-elect for the Orlu Senatorial District in Imo.
“We are here to vehemently opposing the suit filed by Okorocha.”
“We should be talking about the police and security agencies arresting, investigating and prosecuting
Okorocha upon the expiration of his constitutionally allowed immunity as governor of Imo for committing
“The electoral act is clear as to what constitutes electoral offence; somebody held a returning officer
hostage at gun point and forced him to declare results in his favour and we are here speaking grammar that
they should give him certificate of return.”
“So we, having been joined as the sixth defendant.”
“We will urge this court to make a consequential order on the security agencies to immediately apprehend
him on the 29th of May and prosecute him for electoral offence.”
“That is for holding a returning officer hostage, telling him to declare him at gun point. This is not
about certificate of return but about the sanctity of our electoral system”.
The counsel to the Imo State Governor, Chibueze Nwanedo, stated that the issue raised by Okere is for the
Election Petition Tribunal and not the court.
Nwanedo stated that the are in court to order INEC to present the certificate of return to the Imo State governor.
He stated that Okorocha was declared as the winner of the election and yet they failed to present the certificate.
He stated that until INEC issue the certificate of return before an aggrieved individual can approach the tribunal.
He also noted that the issue of several parties seeking to join the suit was only an attempt to divert the
court’s attention from the main issue.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo had earlier granted the request of the candidate of KOWA party, Mr Nwachukwu Clement and that of Labour Party, Mr Uche Onyioma to be joined in the suit filed by Okorocha and ordered that all
processes be served on them.
Clement and Onyioma were also senatorial candidates in the National Assembly election of Feb. 23.