The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has spoken about receiving a certified copy of Supreme Court Judgment affirming the APC candidate in the last gubernatorial election, Hope Uzodinma of Imo state.
According to the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, the commission had no problem with issuing a Certificate of Return in compliance with the court order, but it needed a copy of the enrolled court judgment to know clearly what it was ordered to do.
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He said that the commission had the responsibility to obey the judgment of the Supreme Court as the final court of the land.
“We have no problem with issuing the certificate of return, but we cannot issue the certificate until when we see very clearly a certified copy of the judgment of Supreme Court or an enrolled order of the judgment of the court directing us clearly and unequivocally on what to do.
The moment we see it, issuing the certificate is a mini venture, we will definitely comply. We have the constitutional responsibility to obey the judgment of the Supreme Court.
“The commission has not been served with the copy of the enrolled judgment so that the commission will know clearly and unequivocally what the Supreme court directed us to do.
“The moment we are served with the court order we will issue the certificate immediately,” Okoye said.
Naija News, recalls that In the judgment delivered by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, the court accordingly ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Ihedioha and issue a fresh Certificate of Return to the candidate of the APC on grounds that he won the majority of the lawful votes cast at the election.
The court held that the lower court erred in law when it rejected evidence tendered before them to the extent that votes from 388 polling units were not credited to APC and Hope Uzodinma. The court also ordered the immediate swearing in of Uzodinma as the lawful winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election in Imo.