Senate swears in Akobundu, Abia-Central lawmaker


Senator Austin Akobundu of the Peoples Democratic Party, who represents the Abia-Central Senatorial District, on Wednesday at plenary, took his oath of office and allegiance.

The administration of Akobubdu’s oath of allegiance followed his declaration as the winner of the Abia-Central senatorial election by the Appeal Court.

The Clerk of the Senate, Mr Chinedu Akubueze administered the oath and allegiance to Akobundu.

Akobundu had filed a petition challenging the declaration of Sen.Darlington Nwokocha of the Labour Party (LP) as the winner of the Abia-Central Senatorial poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Election Petitions Tribunal in Umuahia had on September 11, dismissed his petition for lack of merit. S


But the Court of Appeal on Nov.4, set aside the ruling of the lower court, maintaining that Akobundu’s petition has merit by awarding him the judgement.

The three-member court in its ruling, upheld the petition of the PDP candidate and declared him the authentic winner of the election and ordered INEC to immediately issue him a Certificate of Return.

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