Former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha has finally been sworn in as a Nigerian senator.
Okorocha of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was sworn in on Thursday by the 9th National Assembly President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan.
The former governor’s name was missing from the list of the senators who were sworn in on Tuesday when the new lawmakers were inaugurated.
His name was missing because as at the time the inauguration took place, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was yet to give Okorocha his certificate of return.
However INEC, which had initially vowed not to issue the certificate to Okorocha, gave it to later that Tuesday, following a court order.
Consequently, Okorocha was sworn in on Thursday to represent Imo West senatorial district.
INEC had withheld Okorocha’s certificate of return after the returning officer for Imo West senatorial zone, claimed that he announced the former governor winner of the senatorial election in the district under duress.
Meanwhile, INEC has vowed to appeal against the court ruling that ordered it to issue the certificate of return to Okorocha.