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Why We Can’t Issue Uzodinma Certificate Of Return — INEC

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Daniel Ojukwu

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that until it is served with the enrolled order of the Supreme Court Judgement, it cannot issue a Certificate of Return to governor-elect of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma.

The Tanko Muhammad-led Supreme Court had on Tuesday, ruled in favour of All Progressives Congress’ Hope Uzodinma, and sacked Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of the State.

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.

“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.”

Uzodinma had on Wednesday, ordered all financial institutions not to honour any drafts in the State until further notice, as his first act as Governor.

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