Former Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Adewale Omirin, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of creating confusion in the system by ‘arbitrarily’ issuing Certificate of Returns, CoR, after the verdict of the High Court over election disputes.
Omirin, who was the Speaker of the 4th Assembly in Ekiti State under Dr. Kayode Fayemi-led government, said INEC ought to have waited until all election disputes are resolved by either appellate or Supreme Court before issuing, CoR, to whoever was declared winner through judicial pronouncement.
On the immunity being sought for the Principal Officers of the National Assembly, Omirin said the plot was allegedly targeted at derailing President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-graft war and for treasury looters to cover up their tracks while in office.
The former Speaker said INEC issuance of Certificate of Returns, CoR, to Mr. Uche Ogah following the Federal High Court proclamation that he was rightful PDP governorship candidate for the 2015 poll in Abia State was rather preposterous and arbitrary.
According to him, he expected the commission to have waited until Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has exhausted all judicial options up to the Apex Court before taking such hasty step, saying the action was creating more tension and confusion in Abia.
“The same thing is happening in Ekiti State House of Assembly, One Toyin Obayemi was contesting the fielding of Musa Arogundade, for Ado constituency 1 during the 2015 polls. Obayemi approached the Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti and the court granted his prayers that he remains the PDP candidate and that he should be sworn-in immediately.
“Arogundade went on appeal and rather than INEC to await for the verdict of the higher courts, INEC issued Certificate of Return to Obayemi.
“In my own opinion, the Speaker of Assembly was right by not performing the swearing in for Obayemi. Instances abound in Nigeria where the court had removed a governor at the tribunal level and the governor was in charge until the Appeal or Supreme Court decided otherwise.
“So, INEC should stop playing to the gallery. It should stop creating tension in the system. It should allow stability and full exhaustion of judicial opportunities before issuing CoR”, Omirin said.

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