The Imo West Senatorial District Elections Petitions Tribunal has affirmed the election of the immediate past governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha, as the Senator representing Orlu Zone in the National Assembly.
Ex-Governor Okorocha whose victory at the polls was challenged by the candidates of the People’s Democratic Party, Hon. Jones Onyereri and that of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Senator Osita Izunaso was affirmed as duly nominated by his Party, and his election on February 23rd, fully complied with the Electoral Act. The election petition tribunal has therefore dismissed all the prayers by the petitioners, for lacking in merit.
Reacting to the ruling of the tribunal, Sen. Okorochas, through his Special Adviser on media, Sam Onwuemeodo, remarked that he won his election through the ballot box and the issue of duress was a mere Campaign of Calumny.
He commended his two brothers, Senator Izunaso and Hon. Onyeriri for being good ambassadors of Orlu zone and appealed to them to join hands with him for the good of Orlu zone people in particular and Imo people in general. He assured that he would not let them down for any reason, and would always consult them on legislative issues since they had been at the National Assembly before him.
Senator Okorocha thanked the media for identifying with him all through the time his Certificate of Return was an issue and also all the time the matter was at the tribunal.
He thanked the people of Orlu zone for voting for him to represent them at the Red Chambers of the National Assembly and for their unflinching support and solidarity all through the period his election remained contentious at the tribunal.
He also expressed gratitude to Imo people who remained supportive all these while even when he is no longer their governor and noted that God had answered all their prayers concerning him.
He assured that he would Continue to live a life of service to God and humanity.