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What Okorocha Told INEC After Swearing-In At The National Assembly



The former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission for issuing him his certificate of return.

Recall that the electoral body had earlier refused to issue the certificate of return to the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District based on the report that he was declared the winner of the election under duress.

The commission was forced to issue the certificate of return to Okorocha on Tuesday following a court order.

Okorocha, while speaking with newsmen after he was sworn in at the National Assembly, commended the commission for its decision.

He, however, expressed surprise at the decision of INEC to appeal the court ruling that ordered issuance of the certificate to him.

“It will be very surprising to see that INEC will appeal to this matter because there is no basis for it.”

“Duress means using mild or excessive force to compel someone to do something he or she does not want to do.”

“How would you have done that in a returning hall where you have police, SSS and party agents?”

“And in my own person walking with gun or machete asking them to write result on my behalf. That didn’t happen. I think there is more to duress than duress itself.”

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