The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC today issued a certificate of return to Mr. Uche Ogar who was declared the winner by the court three days ago.
In reaction to why INEC took the decision despite an appeal filed by the incumbent, Dr .Okezie Ikpeazu, the 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.
Meanwhile, another high court sitting at Abia has given order to the Commissioner of Justice of the State not to swear in Mr. Ogah as the new governor.
Bellow is the court order: