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Senate President swears in Jarigbe as Senator

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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday, swore in Jarigbe Jarigbe as senator representing Cross River North Senatorial District.

The oath of office was administered on him by the Clerk of the Senate, Mr Ibrahim El-Ladan.

Jarigbe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), replaced Sen. Steven Odey, who was sacked by the Court of Appeal in Calabar on July 30.

The court declared that Jarigbe was the lawful candidate of the PDP in the Dec. 5, 2020 by-election.

The three-man Appeal Tribunal headed by Justice Chioma Nwosu also invalidated the certificate of return earlier issued to Odey by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and directed that it be withdrawn.

The Cross River North Senate seat became vacant following the death of Sen. Rose Oko in March 2020.

Senator Jarigbe took the oath office on Wednesday at about 11:19am immediately after the start of plenary.

The oath of office was administered by the Clerk of the Senate, Barr. Ibrahim Dauda El-ladan.

His swearing-in comes at the heel of a ruling by the Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar on July 30, 2021, which declared Jarigbe winner of the December 5th, 2020, Cross River North Senatorial By-election.

Jarigbe who is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) replaces Stephen Odey.

The Court of Appeal in its ruling delivered by Hon. Justice Chioma I. Nwosu nullified the certificate of return issued to Stephen Odey by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Accordingly, the electoral body directed that the certificate of return be immediately withdrawn.

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