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Senate admits Okadigbo

18 July 2012, 09:41

Abuja - The Senate on Tuesday administered the oath of office on Mrs Margery Okadigbo as the senator representing Anambra North and Mr Solomon Ewuga as senator representing Nasarawa North senatorial districts.

Anambra North had been vacant in the 7th Senate because litigations by candidates of the PDP over the party’s primaries.

Margery, who is the wife of a former Senate President, Sen. Chuba Okadigbo, had been battling over the senatorial seat with Sen. Alphonsus Igbeke and Mr John Emeka.

Also, the Senate President David Mark on Tuesday said the PDP had learnt a hard lesson from the Edo election following the free and fair manner in which the exercise was conducted.

Mark made the remark after the confirmation of three nominees as Resident Electoral Commissioners in the INEC. .

The nominees are: Mr Habu Hinna (Gombe), Mr Ikoiwak Abasi (Akwa Ibom) and Mr Baritor Kpagih (Rivers).

According to him, it is the desire of all the senators to leave a legacy of a country where elections are conducted in a free and fair manner.

``I believe that the legacy all of us would like to leave behind is that elections in this country will be free, credible and that everybody’s vote would count.

 ``The people will also be allowed to choose their own leaders and there would be no imposition of any candidate whatsoever.

``I think that that is a hard lesson that the majority party has learnt from the Edo election,’’ he said.

He implored the three nominees to ensure that elections were conducted in a free, fair and credible manner.

The Senate President also announced that the senate would hold a valedictory session in honour of late Sen. Gang Dantong on Wednesday.

Briefing newsmen after plenary session, senate spokesman, Sen. Eyinnaya Abaribe, said Wednesday would be devoted to the valedictory session of Dantong.

He added that he senate would proceed on recess on Thursday to resume on Sept. 17, stressing that the recess would not affect the meeting of its committees.

"On Thursday after our business, we would go on vacation and the senate committee on constitution amendment would thereafter go to Asaba on retreat.

Abaribe, however,described the swearing in of Okadigbo as a milestone in the life of the senate because it was the first of its kind that a spouse to a former senator would come to the senate.

"Today marked a milestone where we had the swearing in of a spouse of a former senator and the whole senator warmly welcomes the wife of the former Senate President,’’ he said.



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