By Ben Agande & Inalegwu Shaibu
Following the public outcry over the failure of the Senate to inaugurate Chief Alphonsus Igbeke despite the ruling by the Court of Appeal in Enugu, the Senate, yesterday, pledged to swear in Igbeke next Tuesday.
Igbeke, who would have been sworn in, yesterday, however, missed the opportunity as he did not get to the Senate on time.
Explaining the volte face by the Senate, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Information and Media, Senator Ayogu Eze, said the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice advised the Senate that Igbeke could be sworn-in because there is no outstanding order compelling the Senate not to do so.
He explained: â€œI remember that yesterday we were here and I briefed you on the issue of Anambra North Senatorial District and I remember I told you that the Senate is a very law-abiding institution and that we will follow the best part of the interpretation of the law.
â€œThe Attorney-General has, indeed, advised us that based on the situation of the matter on ground, that unless there is a stay of execution, a notice is not enough to restrain the Senate from swearing-in Mr. Igbeke.”
â€œHe was invited today accordingly based on the advice we got but unfortunately he could not make it to the chamber before we passed the oath section. We are not sitting tomorrow because of the number of activities of the Senate.