Barring last minute changes, Senator-Elect, Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe is to be sworn in on September 15, when the senate resumes from its recess. Jarigbe is to represent Cross River North Senatorial District, following the sack by the court of appeal, of Dr Steve Odey.
Jarigbe and Odey battled for the seat for more than a year, moving from one court to another. Eventually, Jarigbe won the battle. Odey has already accepted defeat and has shown indications that he has surrendered, as there is no other court for him to approach.
The elections petition tribunal had confirmed Jarigbe as the proper person to occupy the seat. But Odey approached the court of appeal and his appeal was dismissed. Strangely, he returned to the court of appeal to seek judicial review of the judgement and expectedly, the court threw away his second appeal.
TNN learn that all is now set for the swearing-in of Jarigbe who has since been issued a second certificate of return by INEC, in line with the court of appeal order.
The senate president, Senator Ahmed Lawan has already given indications that Jarigbe would be sworn-in as the senate resumes from recess.
Jarigbe’s seat in the House of Representatives where he is at the moment, will become vacant as soon as he takes the oath of office as senator.