Lawan swears in Jarigbe as Cross River North senator


Jarigbe Jarigbe has been sworn in as the senator representing Cross River North senatorial district after a long legal tussle with another contender for the seat, Steven Odey.

The senator took his oath of office at the start of plenary on Tuesday.

The swearing-in was performed by the Clerk of the Senate, Ibrahim El-Ladan.

Mr Jarigbe replaces Steven Odey, who was sacked by an Appeal Court in Calabar, in July.

The Appeal Tribunal sitting in Calabar had declared the former as Senator-elect in the December 5, 2020 Cross River North Senatorial District by-election.

The three-man tribunal, headed by Justice Chioma Iheme-Nwosu, dismissed an earlier ruling by the Election Petition Tribunal which declared Senator Stephen Odey winner of that election.

The Court had ruled that the tribunal erred by passing a judgement where it had no jurisdiction.

It dismissed preliminary objections stating that considering the facts and circumstances, judgment was best served by considering the merit of the appeal.

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Mr Jarigbe will occupy the seat of the late senator for the district, Rose Oko, who died in March 2020.

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