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Abia: Why We Issued Certificate Of Return To Uche Ogah – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC) has advanced reasons for its decision to
issue a Certificate of Return to Mr Uche Ogah who
came second at the last Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) governorship primaries in Abia State.

INEC National Commissioner in charge of the South
East, Amb. Lawrence Nwuruku said the commission
only kowtowed to the lawful order of a court.

Nwuruku added that as a citizen, he could go to jail
if he flouts a valid court order.

He said if the court tomorrow orders a reversal of
the action, INEC would not hesitate to do its
bidding.

“The situation is that we are simply obeying the
court order.

The court said with immediate effect without
wasting of time, we should issue him Certificate of
Return and that is what we have done – to obey the
court order. If the court tomorrow issues another
order, we would obey the same. By the grace of
God, I am the INEC Commissioner in charge of
South East. I’ll do the same thing if the court orders
us to do so.

If court says we should issue the same certificate
to another person. In this case, court ordered us to
issue a Certificate of Return to the person who won
the election and that is Uche Ogah. I was the
person who gave the Certificate of Return to Gov.
Ikpeazu as he was declared winner.

Now, the court has said otherwise. One thing we
know is that we are not above the law and we
cannot disobey the laws of the land. After the court,
another person we obey in our land is God and my
conscience is my God. Another thing that guides us
is the court and we must obey its order with
immediate effect.

If you were in the court that day, and I urge you the
media, to go and study the court ruling very well, it
was wonderful; it was direct”, he said.

Speaking in the same vein, INEC’s Director of
Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzi, had earlier stated that
the decision followed an order by an Abuja Federal
High Court directing INEC to immediately issue
Certificate of Return to Mr. Ogah.

Justice Okon Abang of the court had Monday asked
INEC to issue the Certificate of Return issued to Mr
Ogah.

Justice Abang, had ruled that on the account of
fake tax returns during the primaries, Mr Ikpeazu, ab
initio was never qualified to run in the PDP
primaries as a governorship candidate.

He consequently ordered the Chief Judge of the
state to swear in Uche Ogah as the substantive
Governor of Abia State.

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