INEC finally speaks on Supreme Court sack of Ihedioha


Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has not obtained the certified true copy of the Imo governorship election judgment by the Supreme Court.

Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was on Tuesday sacked by the Supreme Court with Hope Uzodinma declared new Imo State Governor.

And INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said that INEC would comply with the judgment

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Okoye said that the commission had no problem with issuing Certificate of Return in compliance with a court order, but it needed a copy of the enrolled court judgment to know clearly what it was ordered to do.

He said the commission had a responsibility to obey the judgment of the Supreme Court as the final court of the land.

“We have no problem with issuing 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 certificate is a mini venture, we will definitely comply. We have the constitutional responsibility to obey the judgment of the Supreme Court.

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“The commission has not been served with a copy of the enrolled judgment so that the commission will know clearly and unequivocally what the Supreme court directed us to do.

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“The moment we are served with the court order we will issue the certificate immediately,” Okoye said.



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