Court orders INEC not to issue certificate of Return to Okorocha

The battle to stop the out-going Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha from going to the Senate took another dimension as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was ordered not to issue a Certificate of Return to him as a senator-elect for Imo West.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the order was made by a High Court sitting in Owerri on Saturday. As much as it is not clear if the court actually sat on Saturday, That’s what the report says.

The court, as reported, in a suit filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senatorial candidate for Imo West Hon Jones Onyeriri against the INEC, ordered that the status quo be maintained until the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

The presiding judge, Justice E.F. Njemanze, adjourned the case till June 5 2019, for hearing.