Senate President Ahmed Lawan on Thursday swore in Senator Biodun Olujimi as the Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District at the National Assembly.
Olujimi is replacing Senate spokesperson, Dayo Adeyeye.
She was sworn-in by the upper chamber, following an oath administered by the Clerk of Senate, Nelson Ayewoh, at exactly 10:40 immediately after the commencement of plenary.
The swearing-in follows the court ruling that declared her winner of the 2019 Senatorial election.
The Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal, which nullified the election of Adeyeye, upheld the tribunal judgment which declared Olujimi and the candidate of the PDP as winner at the 2019 National Assembly elections to represent Ekiti South.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reported a panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar, Cross River State to the National Judicial Council (NJC).
APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, confirmed in a statement on Monday that the party has taken the decision to report the panel which recognised Senator Albert Akpan as the winner of the Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District election to the judicial body.
The party condemned the October 18 judgement which upheld the victory of the lawmaker who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing it as “strange”.
Issa-Onilu said, “The Court of Appeal’s strange ‘judgement’ was delivered in blatant disobedience of the directive of the President of the Court of Appeal (PCA), Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa who had disbanded the appeal panel and constituted a new panel eight clear days before it determined the appeal filed by the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Hon Bassey Etim, the Party’s senatorial candidate in the 2019 National Assembly election in Akwa Ibom.”
“The party’s legal department will in due course submit a formal petition to the NJC over this travesty,” he added.
The party’s spokesman said the APC would not join issues with the judgement, claiming that the panel of justices that decided the case had been disbanded by the President of the Court of Appeal before the panel began sitting.
He added that the members of the panel had been transferred out of the jurisdiction of the case.
“We wonder why a member of a disbanded panel became so interested on a matter before another panel that it had to sit and read out a ‘judgement’ purportedly on behalf of other members of a non-existent panel.
“We ask, what exactly was at stake? We state clearly that any judgment given without jurisdiction is illegal and a nullity,” Issa-Onilu stated.
According to him, the party is urging the Court of Appeal to set aside the judgement and fix a new date for the hearing of the appeal de novo.
The APC spokesman also stressed that it was important for the NJC to take decisive actions to call the panel to order.
He noted that Section 246(3) of the 1999 Constitution has empowered the Court of Appeal as the final law court on National Assembly elections in Nigeria.
Issa-Onilu, therefore, noted that while the powers of final decision on petitions arising from National Assembly election rest with the Court of Appeal, proceedings must be conducted by a properly constituted court with due regard for a fair hearing.
“We shall pursue the cause of justice on this matter, including filing a formal petition against the members of the panel before the NJC, to a logical conclusion,” he said.
The Nasarawa State governor, Tanko Al-Makura, has won the Nasarawa South Senatorial District under the All Progressives Congress (APC), displacing serving Senator, Suleiman Adokwe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Al Makura polled a total of 113,156 votes to defeat Adokwe who got 104,595 votes.
The governor was declared the senator-elect by the Collation Officer and staff of the Federal University Lafia, Professor Ahmed Ashuku.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Gaza of the PDP has emerged winner of Keffi/Kokona/Karu Federal Constituency of Nasarawa State.
The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has rejected a Federal High Court Judgment on the disputed Anambra Central Senatorial re-run.
IPAC comprises of twenty-one registered political parties in the state with chairmen heading the various parties.
They described the claim of having accepted the court verdict as being frivolous and totally in bad taste.
Justice John Tsoho of the Abuja High Court had declared Mr. Obiora Okonkwo winner of the election.
He ruled that ruled that Okonkwo was the validly nominated candidate of the party in the 2015 general election and should be sworn in as the senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial district immediately.
But addressing journalists in Awka, the state capital, the political parties’ chairmen accused their state Chairman of creating confusion.
They, however, insisted that they hadn’t met; neither had a meeting being after the verdict of the court in that respect.
The coordinator of the chairmen, Mr. Samuel Oraegbunam said, “We are gathered as concerned and senior members of IPAC in Anambra state to refute the fact that we never as a group met.
“Since after the governorship election in Anambra state, there has never been any IPAC meeting in Anambra state.
“There’s no resolution whatsoever in the Central Senatorial Zone election that is outstanding of which all of us are eager to see it conducted.
“We now resolve in our meeting to disclaim whatever Bartho Igwedibia, the state Chairman of IPAC, has written and circulated as a press release by IPAC Anambra state.”