Days after protesting at INEC office, senate finally swears in Imo senator, Benjamin Uwajumogu
The Senate has sworn-in Senator Ben Uwajumogu, representing Imo North Senatorial District. The brief ceremony was conducted by President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan at the plenary on Friday. A few days back, Uwajumogu staged a protest at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) demanding the immediate release of his certificate of return being withheld by the Commission. Uwajumogu was finally presented with Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja on Thursday, after weeks of legal tussles. A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, had on July 5, declared the non-issuance of the Certificate of Return by INEC to Uwajumogu as illegal. The legal tussle which resulted in the delay to swear-in the senator began on July 9 when INEC declared a rerun in his election. In an interview with journalists after his swearing-in, Uwajumogu alleged that he was unjustly denied membership of the Senate by INEC three weeks after securing a favourable judgment in court.