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Group deplores Senate’s refusal to swear-in Igbeke

By Abdulwahab Abdulah

A civil society group, Access to Justice, AJ, has condemned the refusal of the Senate to swear-in Chief Uba Igbeke as the duly elected Senator, representing Anambra North Senatorial Constituency, saying this may destroy Nigeria’s democracy.

The group in a statement noted that the failure of the Senate to absorb Igbeke as a member of the Senate was condemnable and an affront to a subsisting court order which is superior to any rule purportedly relied on by the Senate to deny Igbeke as a member of the Nigeria Senate.

The statement by its Executive Director, Mr. Joseph Chu’ma Otteh, said, “We deplore this outright action of the Senate’s leadership.

The President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, is failing to offer the kind of leadership our country needs now, in order to consolidate its frail and fledging democracy.

“This is the kind of behaviour that stifles faith in the ability of the Nigerian judiciary to perform its functions effectively, and dampens Nigeria’s ability to market its investment potentials to domestic and foreign investors.


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