Akpabio swears in first Kogi female senator, Natasha Akpoti Uduaghan

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The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, on Thursday administered the oath of office on Senator Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan as Senator representing Kogi Central.

With her admittance in to the senate she becomes the first female to be so elected as Senator from Kogi State.

She has also increase the number of female senators from three to four, as she joined Ireti kingibe of FCT, Ipalibo Banigo (Senator, Rivers West, PDP) and Idiat Oluranti Adebule (Senator, Lagos West, APC)

The Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja on Tuesday had upheld the ruling of the election petition tribunal which removed Abubakar Ohere of APC, and declared Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan of the PDP as the legitimately elected Senator for the Kogi Central Senatorial District.

The Appeal Court gave the judgment while ruling on an Appeal case filed before it by Abubakar Ohere.

The court further dismissed the appeal filed by Abubakar Ohere of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for lacking in merit.

The election petition tribunal, had on September 6, affirmed Natasha as the duly elected Senator as it nullified Ohere’s victory citing inflated polling results in favor of Ohere in some units and deliberate undercounting against Akpoti-Uduaghan.

The Tribunal Chairman, Justice K. A. Orjiako delivered the unanimous judgment of the three-man panel, revealing that Ohere’s results were inflated in nine polling units in the Ajaokuta Local Government Area.

He added that the Independent National Electoral Commission reduced Natasha’s results in those areas and omitted the results of three other polling units meant for Natasha in the same LGA.

The Tribunal judgment led Ohere to seek redress. However, the Appeal Court also maintained that Akpoti-Uduagan won the election.

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