Senate President Ahmad Lawan has refused to swear in Arigbe Jarigbe because the senator representing Cross River North greater than a month after the Supreme Courtroom affirmed his election.
The apex courtroom had on February 25, upheld the judgment of the Courtroom of Attraction which declared Jarigbe because the genuine candidate of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP).
In a cut up choice of 4 to a few, the Supreme Courtroom dismissed the attraction filed by Senator Stephen Odey, who had been declared winner of the senatorial rerun by the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC).
The Abuja division of the Courtroom of Attraction had in its judgment declared Jarigbe because the duly nominated candidate of the PDP and the rightful winner of the election towards Odey, who was earlier declared by INEC and sworn in by the Senate.
The courtroom additionally ordered the electoral physique to right away concern a Certificates of Return to Jarigbe and withdraw the one earlier issued to Odey.
Weeks after the judgement, INEC obeyed the courtroom of attraction directive and issued the certificates of return to Jarigbe.
However the senator-elect has but to be sworn in additional than two months after receiving the certificates and a month after the matter was laid to relaxation on the Supreme Courtroom.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, Jarigbe, who’s a serving member of the Home of Representatives, requested Lawan to cease Odey from attending plenary classes.
“My opponent who has been ousted by the judgement of the Attraction Courtroom and the Supreme Courtroom remains to be attending plenary (and) that’s unlawful,” he stated.
“I’ve the certificates of return issued to me by INEC based mostly on the judgement of the attraction courtroom which invalidated his certificates of return and that has been transmitted to the Nationwide Meeting.”