Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has sued the Independent National Electoral Commission for failure to hand over to him his Certificate of Return as the representative of Imo West Senatorial District.
The Governor filed the suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order to compel INEC to issue him the certificate.
INEC refused to issue Okorocha his Certificate of Return after the Returning Officer for the February 23 election, Prof. Francis Ibeawuchi, said he announced the result of the election under duress.
In the suit filed behalf by his lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), Okorocha listed INEC the sole defendant in the suit.
But by agreement of lawyers in the case, the judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, made an order permitting the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the election, Jones Onyeriri, and that of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Senator Osita Izunaso, to be joined as the 2nd and the 3rd defendants.
Izunaso was represented by his lawyer, Nwafor Orizu, while Onyeyiri was represented by Emeka Etiaba (SAN), and INEC by Wendy Kuku.
Justice Taiwo ordered the defendants to file and exchange their processes within 10 days, while the plaintiff’s counsel was given three days to respond to them.