Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu/PM News

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued a Certificate of Return to Senator Benjamin Uwajimogun (APC-Imo North).

Concise News understands that the brief ceremony at INEC Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday was witnessed by his friends and supporters.

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Speaking at the ceremony, the APC lawmaker applauded INEC for obeying court order and commended the judiciary for standing by the truth.

The lawmaker also commended the people of Imo North for not taking laws into their hands, saying that he would be committed to serving them better than he did in the 8th Senate.

Recall that the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, had mandated INEC to issue a certificate of return to Senator Uwajumogu as the legally elected senator representing Imo North senatorial district.

Uwajumogu, who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the last senatorial election defeated Patrick Ndubueze of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In the application filed by Uwajumogu, for the release of his certificate of return, Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled that INEC’s decision to review the outcome of the 2019 senatorial election was in contravention of the Electoral Act.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the court further held that INEC was bound by law to issue the certificate of return based on the declaration of the returning officer who announced Uwajumogu as the duly elected senator for Imo North senatorial district.

Counsel to Uwajumogu commended the verdict of the court, adding that INEC should implement the order immediately.

The court had on April 9, 20l9, ordered INEC to stay all further proceedings and actions connected with the declaration of Imo North senatorial district election results of Feb. 23 and March 9, 2019, pending the determination of the application for prohibition.

INEC had conducted an investigation into allegations of misconduct that played out in the election.