As per report received, Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has invalidated
the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to decline to deprive Imo State representative, Rochas Okorocha, with a certificate of return as congressperson elected for.
The Court decided that the choice to deny Mr Okorocha of the authentication falls outside the arrangements of the law and was in this manner an "lawless decision."
According to the court presided over by Justice Okon Abang, only the returning officer of the INEC had the constitutional authority to declare a winner.
Mr Abang said any person declared a winner by the returning officer remains a winner until petitioners succeed in upturning the declaration at the election tribunal.
The court further ruled that Mr Okorocha had no business being the originator of the petition at the election tribunal.
Mr Abang, who ruled that the federal high court had exclusive jurisdiction to decide on the matter, described INEC’s decision as “lawless and a complete nullity.”
The electoral body had said it refused to give Mr Okorocha certificate of return after the returning officer for Imo West senatorial district said he was compelled to declare Mr Okorocha winner.