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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