Okodili Ndidi, Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday said it would not issue a Certificate of Return to Senator Hope Uzodinma until it is served with the enrolled order of the Supreme Court Judgment.
According to the Commission, it is yet to be served with the enrolled order of the Supreme Court judgment and until that is done, it cannot issue Uzodinma the Certificate of Return.
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The Chief Press Secretary to INEC National Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said in a statement, “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, observed 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.