Political stakeholders in Cross River State have asked the President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmed Lawan, to immediately inaugurate Hon. John Agom Jarigbe as the senator representing the northern senatorial district of the state.
The stakeholders raised the alarm yesterday over the delay in swearing in Jarigbe despite court ruling in his favour as having won the December 5, 2020, by-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and despite being issued a Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Aside from calling on the Senate president to swear in Jarigbe without further delay, the stakeholders want him to stop Dr. Stephen Odey, who is currently occupying the position, from attending plenary, saying it is illegal for him to do that.
Their demand was coming about six weeks after Supreme Court on February 25, 2021, in a case with suit No: SC.9/2021, between Dr. Stephen Adi Odey and Chief John Agom Jarigbe and the INEC struck out the appeal filed by Odey.