Senate admits Okadigbo, Ewuga as Mark hails Edo governorship election

The Senate on Tuesday admitted two new members: Margery Okadigbo representing Anambra North, and Solomon Ewuga representing Nasarawa North senatorial district.

The Anambra North seat had been vacant in the 7th Senate because of several litigations by candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party over the party’s primaries.

Ms. Okadigbo, the wife of a former Senate President, late Chuba Okadigbo, had been battling over the senatorial seat with  Alphonsus Igbeke and John Emeka.

Meanwhile, 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.

Mr. Mark made the remark after the confirmation of three nominees as resident electoral commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

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

According to the Senate president, it is the desire of all senators to have 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 are conducted in a free, fair and credible manner.

The Senate President also announced that the senate would hold a valedictory session on Wednesday, in honour of Gyang Dantong, the senator who died during the Jos crisis penultimate weekend.


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