The immediate-past Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has described as “fake” a photograph purportedly showing him receiving his Certificate of Return for the Imo West senatorial district from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He said that the electoral body has refused to release the document despite a Federal High Court ruling ordering it to do so.
Okorocha made this known in a statement signed by his media aide, Sam Onwuemedo.
The ex-governor said he would inform the public when the commission releases it to him.
The statement read, “The attention of the former governor of lmo State, His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha has been drawn to fake photo news showing where he is holding what appears like a certificate purportedly issued to him by INEC.
“The photograph in question expectedly has been trending on social media. And we have been receiving calls from well-meaning Nigerians to that effect, either congratulating the former governor or to confirm the authenticity of the photo news.
“The truth is that the photograph is fake and didn’t emanate from us. On our side, we don’t engage in awkward actions.
“When the former governor and the senator-elect for lmo West senatorial District receives his certificate of Return, we will duly inform the general public.”