Owerri, Nigeria: The battle to stop the Imo Governor Rochas Okorocha from going to the Senate took another dimension on Saturday 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 order was made by a High Court sitting in Owerri.
The court, 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.
INEC had declined to issue Certificate of Return to Okorocha who was the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, after the returning officer alleged that he was forced to declare him winner under duress.
Meanwhile, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has been lamenting over his treatment by the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Okorocha who has been at loggerhead with some senior members of the party, says he has been wondering if all he did for the APC was worth it. The governor made the comment when Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo inaugurated some projects in the state on Thursday, May 23.
The governor said he had worked passionately for the ruling party but what he got in return was the seizure of his certificate of return and constant hounding by the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).