Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Why Lawan refused to swear in Dr. Stephen Odey as senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria

The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan has on Tuesday, 15th December 2020, sworn in the immediate past governor of Bayelsa State, Henry Seriake Dickson of PDP, to represent Bayelsa West in the red chambers.

Accordingly, three others comprising Moses Cleopas, PDP, Bayelsa Central; Adetokunboh Abiru, All Progressives Congress, APC, Lagos East and Professor Nora Dabu't, APC, Plateau South were also sworn in as Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

However, in a twist of fate, the Senate President refused to administer the oath of office on Dr. Stephen Odey of Cross River State who was announced by INEC as the winner of the December 5th election to represent Cross River Northern Senatorial District. 

Odey had actually arrive the National Assembly Complex as early as 8am with a crowd of supporters from Cross River State to be Sworn-in, but must have felt disappointed when his name wasn't mentioned as those to be Sworn-in.

According to information obtained by our reporter, Rt.Hon Jarigbe Agom, member representing Ogoja/Yala federal constituency who participated in the PDP Primaries for Cross River North and is holding on to claims of victory, had dragged INEC, The Senate and the Senate President to court barring either of the parties from inaugurating anyone as purported winner of the Cross River North Senatorial election.

The oath of office and allegiance were administered Thursday on Senator Olujimi by the Clerk of the Senate, Ibrahim El- Ladan during plenary.

With the swearing-in, the number of All Progressives Congress, APC, Senators now stand at 63 while PDP now has 45 Senators.

While Senator Seriake replaced Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo; Senator Cleopas is replacing Senator Diri Douye; Senator Abiru replacing late Adebayo Osinowo and Dadu't is replacing late Ignatius Longjan.