The Biafra Nations Youth League (BNYL) has mocked Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, who they prefer to refer to as Okoro-Awusa, following the loss of his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu at the Imo State governorship election.
Recall that Rochas still has his certificate of return for Imo West senatorial election victory on the grounds that the returning officer announced result under duress.
Okorocha who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) backed his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA) for the post.
However, the result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) showed that Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the election.
Speaking on the outcome of the polls, Concise News understands that the pro-Biafra group said Imo people have rejected tyranny.
“The people of Imo State did not vote PDP but voted for the candidate, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha,” the statement added.
“The people of the State resisted the Lagos type of politics where one man is lord over the people.
“The outgoing Governor of Imo State wanted Uche Nwosu because he married his daughter.
“The Governor-elect, Ihedioha must consider the interest of the people of the State first before his political interest.”
Meanwhile, Rochas Okorocha, on Wednesday said the Independent National Electoral Commission lacked power to withhold his certificate of return as the senator-elect for the Imo West.
He described the electoral body’s decision to withhold his certificate as part of efforts aimed at making him irrelevant ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Okorocha said this at the Government House, Owerri on while addressing some youths who paid him a solidarity visit.
He said only a court had the power to nullify any election after a winner had been declared.
He denied the allegation that INEC’s returning officer declared him winner of the senatorial election under duress, describing the allegation as an insult.
Okorocha said, “My certificate of return has not been issued and I wonder why INEC will withhold my certificate for a frivolous reason, without hearing from me.
“I am not a violent person and those who know me know that. This is why we have peace in Imo State.
“The returning officer could not have done that under duress under the watchful eyes of the police, the DSS (the Department of State Services) and party agents.
“I am not unmindful of the facts that those who are fighting me from Abuja are anxious to see me removed as a senator. I urge INEC to do the right thing immediately by releasing my certificate.”
The governor said he was not fighting anybody and those who were fighting him would fail.
He added, “My INEC certificate cannot be touched or seized. Doing so is belittling democracy in Nigeria.
“It is only the tribunal that has the right to say otherwise once a result is declared.
“INEC cannot seize my certificate because of a mere petition written by somebody in a case I was not given the opportunity to present my own side of the story.”
Okorocha also described the governorship and state house of assembly elections in the state as “a sham and a mockery of democracy.”
He said he had lost confidence in the nation’s democracy.
He accused INEC of complicity in the conduct of the polls.
He insisted that the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance, Uche Nwosu, won the governorship election and had the required spread of 25 per cent in 21 out of the 27 local governments in the state.