The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will not issue the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Hope Uzodinma Certificate of Return as duly elected governor of Imo State unless it receives the enrolled order of the Supreme Court Judgment.
Recall that the Supreme Court, Tuesday, sacked Emeka Ihedioha as Imo governor declaring Uzodinma as the authentic winner of the April 2019 governorship election.
According to the Commission, it is yet to receive the enrolled order of the Supreme Court judgment without which it cannot issue Uzodinma the Certificate of Return.
The Chief Press Secretary to INEC National Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, in a statement said, “the Commission is yet to be served with the enrolled order of the Supreme Court Judgment, therefore we cannot issue the Certificate of Return to the APC candidate yet. However, once the Commission receives the enrolled order, the CoR will be issued”.
He, however, pointed out that the non-issuance of the CoR cannot derail the swearing-in ceremony of the Imo governor.
“The Commission does not act based on newspaper publications, we’ve always obeyed Court judgments but until we are served with the Certified True Copy of the judgment we cannot release the CoR”.