By Ben Agande
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Wednesday released the certificate of returns to the All Nigeria Peoples Candidate for the 2007 senatorial election for Anambra North, Chief Alphonsus Oba Igbeke, more than one week after he was declared the substantive winner of the election by the Court of Appeal, Enugu.
But the Independent National Electoral Commission which had been accused of working with Senator Joy Emordi to frustrate the swearing-in of Chief Igbeke said the delay in hading over the certificate of returns was as a result of logistical challenge and nothing else.
An elated Chief Igbeke, however, told journalists Wednesday that he had it on good authority that supporters of the deposed senator were still bent on frustrating his being sworn in the Senate, by obtaining a court injunction restraining him from being sworn in.
Speaking with Vanguard shortly before the certificate of return was issued to the candidate, the Director of Public Affairs of the INEC, Mr. Emmanuel Umenger said there was no plan to deny the candidate his certificate of returns.
â€œWe do not have such powers. There was no plan to deny or frustrate his being given a certificate of return. There were some logistical challenges which were being sorted out. We donâ€™t do magumagu or wuruwuru in this commissionâ€ he said.
Chief Igbeke said he had it on good authority that his opponent plans to obtain a â€˜black market court orderâ€™ to stop his being sworn in by the senate, pointing out that a huge sum of money has been earmarked for the project.
He said he had confidence in the judiciary and urged his supporters to remain calm and law abiding.