Court fixes a new date for Okorocha’s Certificate of Return suit hearing

The Federal High Court has shifted to May 8, hearing in a suit filed by the Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha urging the Court to grant 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.

Justice Okon Abang who took over the case from Justice Taiwo .O. Taiwo of the same court adjourned the case at the instance of the plaintiff. Justice Taiwo had rescued himself from adjudicating on the case over allegations of bias made against him by the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the February 23 National Assembly elections, Jones Onyeriri and that of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Senator Osita Izunaso.

Justice Taiwo consequently returned the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati who reassigned it Justice Abang.

Okorocha won in the  February 23 Imo West senatorial election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

He was however not presented with a Certificate of return by the electoral body as his name was not listed by the  Independent National Electoral Commission among the senators-elect who were presented with their certificates of return by INEC.

The commission claimed the winner of the Imo West Senatorial District election was announced under duress.

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