Okorocha sworn in as Senator

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The Immediate past Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has been sworn in as Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District.

Clerk to the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh, conducted the swearing-in after which Okorocha signed necessary documents.

The former governor was not among those that took oath of office on Tuesday when the senate was inaugurated.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Tuesday issued Okorocha with his certificate of return after a court order.

INEC had refused o recognise Okorocha’s victory, alleging that it was unlawfully secured.

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

However, Okorocha, while addressing journalists after he was sworn-in at the National Assembly, commended the commission for its decision.

The Senator, however, expressed surprise at INEC’s decision to appeal the court ruling that ordered issuance of the certificate to him.

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.”

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