Why we will not give Uzodinma certificate of return - INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday said it would not issue a Certificate of Return to Senator Hope Uzodinma because it had not been served the enrolled order of the Supreme Court judgement which sacked Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State .

The commission was reacting to enquiries why it had not given Uzodimma the CoR 15 hours after the Apex Court ’ s verdict .

The PUNCH reported that Ihedioha , a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 election was sacked by a panel of Supreme Court Justices on technical grounds .

Uzodinma , former Chairman , Senate Committee on Aviation and governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress , was ordered to be inaugurated as governor with immediate effect .

The Chief Press Secretary of the INEC Chairman , Rotimi Oyekanmi , made the clarification in a short response to journalists in Abuja .

He said , “Dear colleagues, please be informed that the commission is yet to be served with the enrolled order of the Supreme Court judgement .

“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. ”

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