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Okorocha’s withheld certificate: Buhari support group threatens to ground S/East

Okorocha’s withheld certificate: Buhari support group threatens to ground S/East

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Romanus Ugwu, Abuja

South East Buhari Presidential Support Committee (PSC) in conjunction with South East professionals have threatened to occupy the streets of the entire five South East states should the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) fail to issue Certificate of Return to the governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha by the end of business on Monday.

The communique signed by Emeka Ugwu and Maxwell Okoye for the South East professionals and presidential support committee respectively and made available to newsmen in Abuja, the groups also faulted INEC’s declaration of the Imo State governorship election result.

They argued that INEC was stepping beyond its legal boundary by withholding the certificate in an election that has been declared, just as they faulted the declaration of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Emeka Ihedioha the winner of Imo governorship poll, describing it as a constitutional infraction.

Warning INEC on the consequences of its action, the groups, said: “We call on INEC, as a matter of urgency, to issue a Certificate of Return to Rochas Okorocha as senator-elect, Imo West senatorial district and conduct a runoff election in line with Section 179 (4) of the Constitution of Nigeria. In the event, INEC refuses to do the needful by end of business on Monday, March 18, 2019, the streets of the five states of the South East will be lawfully occupied.

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