The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, has sworn in Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the new senator representing Kogi central senatorial district.
Akpoti-Uduaghan took the oath of office on the floor of the senate on Thursday, following a court of appeal judgment that affirmed her as the winner of the February 25 election.
The court of appeal had dismissed the appeal filed by Abubakar Sadiku-Ohere of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who was earlier declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The appellate court upheld the decision of the national assembly petitions tribunal, which nullified Sadiku-Ohere’s election over irregularities and ordered INEC to issue a certificate of return to Akpoti-Uduaghan.
Akpoti-Uduaghan had challenged the outcome of the polls, alleging that she was robbed of her victory by INEC and APC agents.
She had polled 51,763 votes, while Sadiku-Ohere had 52,132 votes, according to INEC’s declaration.