Rochas Okorocha: INEC has no legal basis to withhold the certificate of a person duly elected – Ebun-olu Adegboruwa

Barr. Adegboruwa

A rights activist, Mr. Ebun-olu Adegboruwa, Esq has reacted to the noise surrounding the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and their refusal to present a certificate of return to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State.

In a message made available to BarristerNG, the legal  luminary clearly stated the position of law as it concerns INEC, Okorocha and other aggrieved parties.

Below is his reaction…

INEC has no legal basis to withhold the certificate of a person duly elected. Let’s quit party politics and do the right thing.

Hon. Ihedioha, being a Governor-elect, cannot in law be doling out directives to banks and giving marching orders against a sitting government. Hon Ihedioha should wait till he has been sworn in. As it is now, he can only monitor events from the sidelines till May 29.

We cannot seek to humiliate a man just because of political differences. We must do the right thing.

I urge INEC to present certificate to Governor Rochas Okorocha forthwith. The only other option now is for those who are aggrieved with his election to go to the Election Petitions Tribunal.

INEC has no power in law to determine the fate of a candidate already declared winner of an election. That will be tantamount to usurping the will of the people.

God bless Nigeria.

Ebun-olu Adegboruwa, Esq.
Lekki, Lagos.
15/03/2019

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