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What Okorocha told INEC after receiving certificate of return

The representative of the Imo West senatorial district, Rochas Okorocha, praised the independent national electoral commission, INEC, for having “done the right thing” by publishing its return certificate.

Initially, the INEC refused to issue the Okorocha return certificate on the argument that it was released under duress.

But, after a court order, the commission had to issue the certificate to Okorocha on Tuesday.

However, Okorocha, while addressing journalists after his oath to the National Assembly, praised the commission for its decision.

The senator, however, expressed surprise at the INEC’s decision to appeal the court decision that ordered him to issue the certificate.

He said: “It will be very surprising to see that INEC will appeal this matter because there is no basis for it.

“Duress means using mild or excessive force to compel someone to do something he or she does not want to do.

“How would you have done that in a returning hall where you have police, SSS and party agents?

“And in my own person walking with gun or machete asking them to write result on my behalf. That didn’t happen. I think there is more to duress than duress itself.”