Rochas Okorocha, Imo West Senator-elect, has cried out over alleged refusal of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to issue him Certificate of Return after pictures of him holding a certificate believed to be the return certificate circulated online.
Okorocha said that the electoral body had yet to issue him with the certificate despite a federal High Court order.
The former Governor, in a statement by his media aide, Sam Onwuemedo, said that the picture circulating online where he was holding a Certificate of return was “fake.”
According to the statement , “The attention of the former governor of lmo State, His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has been drawn to fake photo news showing where he is holding what appears like a certificate purportedly issued to him by INEC.
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“The photograph in question expectedly has been trending on social media. And we have been receiving calls from well-meaning Nigerians to that effect, either congratulating the former governor or to confirm the authenticity of the photo news.
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“The truth is that the photograph is fake and didn’t emanate from us. On our side, we don’t engage in awkward actions.
“When the former governor and the senator-elect for lmo West senatorial District receives his certificate of Return, we will duly inform the general public.”