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LAWAN INDUCTS ODEY AS CROSS RIVER NORTH SENATOR

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, swore in the winner of the Cross River North senatorial bye-election, Dr Stephen Odey.

The senator couldn’t take his oath of office on Tuesday because an order from a federal court hindered his swearing in.

New development on Wednesday made the Senate President to invite 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 Jarighe, 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.

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INEC had on Sunday, December 6, declared Odey as the winner of Saturday, December 5 bye-election held at Ogoja for the northern senatorial zone, 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.

The 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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