Lawan Swears In Odey As Cross River North Senator

In Breaking News, National News, Politics

By Sunday Aborisade, Punch Newspaper

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday, swore in the winner of the Cross River Northern senatorial by-election, Dr. Stephen Odey.

He could not take his oath of office on Tuesday because a Federal Court granting an order stopping his swearing-in.

The legal issue appeared to have been resolved on Wednesday with the Senate President inviting him into the chamber for the exercise.

The Clerk of the Senate, Dauda Ibrahim El-Ladan, administered the oath of allegiance on Odey.

The member representing Ogoja/Yala federal constituency, Jarigbe Agom, and Chairman of Cross River State Universal Education Board, Dr. Stephen Odey, have been locked in a legal battle for months as both of them claimed to be the authentic winner of the election.

INEC had on Sunday, December 6, declared Odey as the winner of Saturday, December 5 by-election held at Ogoja for the Northern senatorial district, having polled 129,207 votes to defeat the candidate of All Progressives Congress, Mr. Joe Again, SAN, who scored 19,165 votes to place second.

INEC on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, issued a certificate of return to Odey as the authentic winner.

Jarigbe and his campaign organisation had rejected the result shortly after and headed for an Abuja Federal High Court to seek redress.

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