President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan has sworn in Jarigbe Jarigbe as senator to represent Cross River North District on Wednesday, nine months since after the elections.

Lawan administered the oath of office to Jarigbe at the start of plenary.

The senator takes over office from the sacked occupant of the seat, Stephen Odey.

Jarigbe emerged from the nationwide bye-elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on December 5 last year.

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The bye-election in the district came as a result of the death of the late senator, Rose Oko in March 2020.

Inauguration stalled as Jarigbe faced litigations with his parallel rival, Odey, contesting their emergence as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidates.

The legislative seat has, since then, been a matter of major controversy as both men locked horn in court for months.

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At first, Odey was declared the rightful candidate  and winner of the poll. It was also sworn in but the Appeal court in Calabar on July 31 this year sacked him.

The three-member tribunal headed by Justice Chioama Iheme-Nwosu dismissed the earlier ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal, which declared Odey the winner of that election, saying that the tribunal erred by making a resolution in an area it had no jurisdiction.

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Justice Iheme-Nwosu said it was an affront for the tribunal to have jettisoned the decision of the Supreme Court which declared Jarigbe as the authentic candidate of the People’s Democratic Party.

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