Political stakeholders in Cross River State have urged Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Lawan to with immediate effect, inaugurate Hon. John Agom Jarigbe as a senator representing the northern senatorial district of the state.
The leaders in the state made this call of urgency after an alleged delay by the Senate president to swear in Jarigbe even after a court judgment that authenticated him as the senator elect on January 25, 2021, and a subsequent order by the court to the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a certificate of return to Jarigbe who was elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Also, the stakeholders called on Lawan to halt the current senator occupying the seat, Dr. Stephen Odey from attending plenary in the red chambers.
This was in a reaction to a Supreme Court ruling that struck out the appeal of Sen. Odey and affirmed Jarigbe as the senator elect of the senatorial district.
The Stakeholders under the auspices of the Northern Senatorial District Youth Renaissance Assembly (SSDYRA) and the Movement for the Restoration of Cross River PDP (MFTROCR), Emmanuel Agba, and Raymond Takom respectively, who are among the stakeholders, decried Lawan’s refusal to swear in Jarigbe and stop Odey from attending plenary sessions after a court order to swear in Jarigbe as the duly elected senator of the state.
Coordinator of SSDYRA, Agba, berated Lawan’s refusal to swear in Jarigbe as a senator.
In his words:
Why the Senate president should sit on a judgment of the Supreme Court with regard to Jarigbe versus Odey which went in favour of the former.