APPEAL COURT SACKS CROSS RIVER NORTH SENATOR, STEPHEN ODEY

The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar has sacked the Senator representing Cross River North, Mr Stephen Odey.

The court on Friday, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return it issued to Odeh and issue a fresh one to Hon. Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe.

There has been a legal battle between the camp of Stephen Odey, reportedly sponsored by the state governor and that of Jarigbe Agom, backed by core PDP camp, which had a faceoff the with the governor.

The court upheld the decision of the Abuja High Court which declared Hon. Jarigbe as the validly nominated candidate of the PDP for the said election.

Justice Chioma Iheme Nwosu of the Appeal Court, who read the lead judgment, said Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe was nominated as the candidate of the party based on the ruling of the Abuja High Court which judgement was upheld by the Supreme Court.

The judge held that “The Certificate of Return given to Dr Stephen Odey should be withdrawn and handed over to the Appellant, Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe”.

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