Okorocha’s Certificate Of Return Suit: Judge Withdraws From Case

Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has withdrew from the suit filed by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo in respect to his certificate of return.

Mr Okorocha had gone to court seeking for order to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue him with a Certificate of Return as the Senator-elect for Imo West Senatorial District.

INEC had refused to issue him a certificate of return after it claims that the Imo Govornor was announced as winner of the election under duress.

Justice Taiwo said the decision to recuse himself was based on allegation of bias levelled against him by candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Jones Onyeriri, and that of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Osita Izunaso.

He also said that the case would be returned to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Adamu Abdu- Kafarati, for reassignment to another judge.

Mr Onyeriri had asked the Judge to disqualify himself because of utterances he made in court which he said had clearly prejudged the substantive issues in the duit.

His lawyer said that the Judge had said that INEC was responsible for the problem in the election.




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