The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, the Edo State capital has nullified the election victory of Senator Ighoyota Amori in the Delta Central Senatorial District.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator lost the seat to Ovie-omo Agege of the Labour Party on Sunday.
The five-man panel led by Justice Abba Aji upturned an earlier ruling in favour of Senator Amori and held that Ovie-omo Agege be sworn in as winner of the election into the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
With the Appeal Court’s judgment, there are two PDP Senators representing Delta State at the National Assembly.
Mr Agege is a former secretary to the Delta State Government and a Chieftain of the PDP until his defection from the party.
Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, has said that the decision of PDP senator to stage a walkout to protest the confirmation of former Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi does not render the confirmation illegal.
He explained that the Senate session had a full attendance in the morning and formed a quorum when the meeting started, adding that the PDP senators decision was voluntary and would not affect the attendance on record.
He also added that the number of senators required to form a quorum was 33 while the APC senators had 48 members in the Senate. Therefore, despite the walk-out the Senate maintained a quorum.
He described the walk-out as an expression of feelings democratically, “I have the experience, I was one time the Minority Leader and I did that too. This happens in some democracy,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, described the confirmation as a deliberate effort by the APC senators not to follow laid down rules.
“It was agreed in previous sittings that when a petition is made against any nominee and he is at the point of confirmation, we shall discuss the outcome of the petition.
“Majority of those who signed said that this particular case that concerns our brother is in the court and in normal circumstance it becomes sub judice; it is even in the Court of Appeal and we have to give an opportunity to the court to make a determination.
“We are not against the clearance of any nominee or Mr President because as senators we want the President to succeed but we also have to follow the rules, we have to make sure that Nigeria is a country of laws and not a country of impunity.
“That was the reason why we staged a little bit of walkout to protest the fact that we were going against our rules and we were more or less breaching a major aspect of legality,” Akpabio said.
The Senate Committee on Ethics on Thursday said the Department of State Services (DSS) does not have the authority to interfere in electoral disputes.
The Committee on Thursday invited DSS officials over a petition from the Rivers State House of Assembly, accusing the agency of unduly interfering in the Rivers State Election Petition pending before the Election Petition Tribunals.
The DSS described the allegation of undue interference as a blatant lie by the lawmakers.
However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senate Caucus had earlier appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to look into allegations of witch-hunting of party members by the DSS.
In a swift reaction, the Chairman of the Senate Adhoc Committee on Media dismissed the allegations of the PDP Senators.
Also, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr Lai Mohammed, has assured that the APC will never interfere with anti-graft probe, be it on APC members, its past governors, officials or others, asking the members of PDP who might have erred, to face consequences of their actions.
The Committee is expected to present its report after investigating the matter to the Senate.