By Inalegwu Shaibu
ABUJAâ€”THE Senate, yesterday, finally swore in Senator Alphonsus Igbeke to represent Anambra North Senatorial District after a protracted legal tussle with the former incumbent, Senator Joy Emodi.
Senator Igbeke had been duly declared winner of the 2007 Anambra North Senatorial election by an Appeal Court ruling in Enugu, but his oath of office was stalled on many occasions by the Senate, which said it was waiting for an interpretation being sought from the Supreme Court by Senator Emodi.
Briefing Senate Correspondents at the National Assembly complex after the swearing in, Senator Igbeke said he has forgiven his opponent and would have no problem with Senator Emodi over allowances.
He said: â€œI want to concentrate on how to focus myself and acclimatize to the system. I want to approach the whole thing with reflective thinking. That is looking at the past and using the experiences to work for my people.
â€œI have forgiven my opponent and I do not care about the money my opponent has collected because I am aware that the Senate is a law making body and they will be honourable enough to give me my rightful entitlements.â€
Senator Igbeke who thanked Nigerians and the Press for standing solidly behind him during his travails, added: â€œUndoubtedly, my three years experience was excruciating and unpalatable and such that I would not wish anyone, not even my worst enemy.
â€œNo doubt, God allowed the whole scenario to play out the way it did, for a purpose. For instance, I have now seen that contrary to the erroneous general belief, a typical Nigerian truly loathes injustice, and is selfless, courageous and resilient in the defence of Nigeria Constitution and promotion of rule of law.”