Second Judge hands-off Okorocha’s certificate of return suit
Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, is still agitating for ‘his’ certificate of return as the senator-elect for Imo West as the second judge, Justice Okon Abang, withdraws from the suit.
This is coming in barely a week after the first judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja, withdrew from the case.
It was gathered that after Justice Taiwo withdrew from the case on April 10, Justice Okon Abang, was assigned to it.
The first hearing was fixed April 18 by Justice Abang but on the said date, he announced his decision to withdraw from the case.
According to reports, his decision was based on Okorocha’s letter to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, asking for the transfer of the case to another judge.
In the letter, Okorocha allegedly sought the transfer of the case to another judge because opponents in the case were jubilating that Justice Abang would dismiss the case.
Thereafter, the Judge informed parties of his withdrawal from the suit saying that the case be returned to Justice Abdul-Kafarati for reassignment.
Justice Taiwo had earlier withdrawn from the suit following allegations of bias levelled against him by two parties to the suit.
INEC has refused to issue certificate of return to Okorocha on the basis that the Returning Officer for the February 23 election, Prof Francis Ibeawuchi, said he declared the outgoing governor winner of the senatorial election under duress.