Nigerian senate president swears in newly elected senators. Senate President Godswill Akpabio presided over the swearing-in of three new senators during Tuesday’s plenary session, filling previously vacant seats in the upper legislative chamber.
The lawmakers are Prince Pam Mwadkon (Action Democratic Party, Plateau North); Professor Anthony Ani (All Progressives Congress, Ebonyi South); and Mustapha Musa (All Progressives Congress, Yobe East).
The oath-taking was administered by the Clerk of the Senate, Mr. Chinedu Akubueze, at about 11:41 am.
These appointments come after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted bye-elections on February 3rd, 2024, to fill vacancies created by the resignation or death of previously elected lawmakers.
Recall that two senators were appointed to key positions by President Bola Tinubu, while another was removed from office by the Appeal Court.
In Abuja on Monday, Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo advocated for a visa ban to be imposed on judges and justices in the High Courts and Court of Appeal whom he alleges to be involved in corruption.
Formerly representing Adamawa North Senatorial District in the 9th and 10th Senates until the nullification of his mandate by the Court of Appeal on October 16, 2023, Senator Abbo made this call during a press conference held at his residence in Katampe Extension, Abuja.
Senator Abbo had previously announced at a similar press conference in Abuja last week that he had submitted petitions to the National Judicial Council and Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) against Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, Justice Olabode Adegbehingbe, and Justice Muhammad Ibrahim Sirajo regarding their judgements in the electoral dispute between him and Reverend Amos Kumai of the PDP.
He alleged that these justices nullified an election in which he emerged victorious with nearly 12,000 votes over his closest competitor by invalidating votes in 253 polling units out of 924 in Adamawa North Senatorial District.
While awaiting responses to the petitions submitted to President Bola Tinubu, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Kayode Ariwoola, and the National Judicial Council (NJC), Senator Abbo asserts his stance against what he perceives as an affront to democracy through what he terms a “judicial coup.”
Additionally, Senator Abbo has extended his efforts by petitioning the United States of America, European Union, and United Kingdom to impose visa bans on the implicated justices.
Emphasising that his crusade is not a personal vendetta against Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme and others but rather a broader struggle between principles of integrity and corruption, Senator Abbo underscores the imperative of combating corruption within Nigeria’s judiciary.
He asserts that the fight against corruption must encompass the judiciary, where certain judges and justices engage in what he terms “judicial banditry” or “coup against democracy” by unjustly annulling elections in which Nigerian voters have legitimately participated.