BREAKING: Frank Ibezim sworn in as Imo north Senator

Frank Ibezim

By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau 

After many months  of uncertainty over will represent Imo North Senatorial District in the Senate, Mr. Frank Ibezim has been sworn-in by Ahmad Lawan.

The oath of office was administer today (Tuesday) on Ibezim by the the Clerk of the Senate.

Ibezim is of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was issued his Certificate of Return last week by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as directed by the Supreme Court of Nigeria earlier in the month.

He replaces late Senator Benjamin Uwajimogu Jnr. died last year prompting INEC to conduct a Bye- for Okigwe Zone to fill the vacancy created by Uwajimogu’s death.

But Ibezim’s swearing-in was put on hold as INEC did not issue  Certificate of Return to him following pre- court cases involving him and former Senator Godwin Ifeanyi Ararume who went to court to obtain judgement disqualifying Ibezim from flying APC flag in the Okigwe Zone Re-run .

Nevertheless, Ibezim had on the same day Ararume got his judgement from an Abuja High Court that disqualified him also got another judgement from an Owerri High Court declaring him the authentic APC candidate for the same Bye-.

However, the Supreme Court last week gave judgement in the pre-election case infavour of Ibezim, saying he was the rightful APC candidate for the election and ordered INEC to issue him with the  Certificate of Return immediately.

Ibezim who hails from Umuezeala, Ehime-Mbano, Imo state will complete the remaining tenure of late Uwajimogu.

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