The Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday issued a Certificate of Return to the embattled former Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha as winner of the recent election in Imo West Senatorial District District .
Shortly after collection of the certificate within INEC headquarters in Abuja , Okorocha told journalists that he was called upon at exactly 6 . 14 pm that his certificate was ready .
“At exactly 6 . 14 pm , this (Tuesday) evening , after the inauguration of the 9 th National Assembly, I was invited that my certificate is ready and I have just gone to collect it .
I take it to be God ’ s time . I have always believed that justice delayed is justice denied , but all for the sake of our nation , I accepted it ” , he stated .
He commended the judiciary for doing the needful and for being the last resort for the common citizens or anybody who felt oppressed.
Okorocha said , “ I also want to thank INEC for taking this bold step against all odds by issuing my Certificate of Return , which goes a long way to confirm that the allegation of duress is not founded by delay tactics by my detractors to have slowed down the process .
I believe this is God ’ s time and I take it as God ’ s time . I am happy that finally the matter is resolved . ”
When asked of his feeling about not being able to participate in the inauguration ceremony for the 9 th National Assembly and the voting process which produced the leadership , Okorocha said that he would have to be in attendance of the inauguration .
“ Otherwise I missed because I don’ t have a certificate .
Now that I have the certificate I have the opportunity to join my colleagues to see how to move Nigeria forward ” , he stated .
The reported that INEC had denied Okorocha his Certificate of Return following an allegation by the Returning Officer he declared Okorocha winner the election under duress .
A Federal High Court in Abuja , however on Friday ordered INEC to issue him a Certificate of Return as Senator- elect representing Imo West Senatorial District .
Also in another judgement , a High Court of Imo State directed INEC not to issue a Certificate of Return to any of the candidates who contested the election .
The order from the High Court of Imo State was issued on May 23 , 2019, while the case had been adjourned to June 26, 2019 .