INEC clarifies issues surrounding the certificate of return for out-going Imo Governor Rochas Okorocha

Rochas Okorocha

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cleared air on its decision to withhold certificate of return from Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo and three others.

Festus Okoye, INEC National Electoral Commissioner, Information and Voter Education, said the decision does not amount to shifting goal post at the middle of a match.

He told newsmen on Thursday in Awka that INEC only issues certificate to people who genuinely won elections.

Okoye said the commission has the right not to issue certificate to such persons as it would amount to abnormality.

He said INEC action is not targeted at the voters who voted people of their choice, but to address excesses of those who wanted to use unconventional means to win elections.

He said at the moment that contenders of the positions in all the four affected areas are in court adding that INEC is awaiting for the outcome of the pending matters.