Youths Give INEC 14 days Ultimatum to Issue Certificate of Return to Okorocha
Youths under the aegis of Northern Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN) have given the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 14 days ultimatum to issue Anayo Rochas Okorocha his Certificate of Return or face their wrath.
The NYCN in a statement signed by its National President, Comrade Isah Abubakar and made available to PRNigeria in Abuja noted that it was unconstitutional and against the electoral Act as amended for INEC to refuse the issuance of Certificate of Return to Rochas Okorocha after his declaration as the winner by the returning officer.
The statement reads in part:
We demand that; as a matter of urgency the commission should without any further delay Present the certificate of return of the Senator elect in person of Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha to him to avoid the breach of the constitution
That INEC has no Constitutional right to withhold any certificate of return of any individual that has been pronounce elected and returned by the returning Officer, as only the tribunal can hear electoral matter and offences, meanwhile it’s only a competent court of jurisdiction that have such powers to deny any individual either returned or otherwise.
That failure of the commission to present to the winner of the 23rd February election his certificate of return in person of Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha within 14 working days will attract a massive protest from the youth at the headquarters of the commission Abuja.
We wish to categorically state that our citizens will not sit and watch institutions like INEC being bastardized by some few individuals at the detriment of our hard-earned democracy.
That INEC has failed woefully as they have chosen to hearken to the voice of their paymasters and deep pocket individuals to the detriment of Nigerians who have spoken though their votes by throwing the country into their so-called inconclusive elections.
That INEC leadership has taken it upon themselves to sabotage our hard-earned democracy by frustrating the electoral process to suit some individual interest at the detriment of our Nation and making mockery of our Nation.
Comrade Isah Abubakar
Nortrhern Youth Council of Nigeria(NYCN)