- The Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, has affirmed the Supreme Court's ruling on the Imo-North senatorial district poll
- The ruling of the apex court in favour of Chukwuma Frank Ibezim has increased the number of legislators in the Senate
- Ibezim will be hoping to make important contributions to legislations in the country
The president of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has sworn in Chukwuma Frank Ibezim as the All Progressives Congress (APC) member elected to represent the Imo-North senatorial district.
A spokesperson for Lawan, Ezrel Tabiowo, in a statement sent to Legit.ng disclosed that Ibezim took the oath of office at exactly 11.02 am during the start of plenary on Tuesday, April 27.
The new senator was inducted into the House following a ruling from the Supreme Court that declared him as the winner of the Imo North senatorial district bye-election.
Legit.ng recalls that the ruling by the apex court set aside the concurrent judgments of the Federal high court in Abuja and that of the Court of Appeal which nullified the candidacy of Ibezim on the ground of perjury.
In another news, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said President Muhammadu Buhari is dealing with a very difficult situation concerning Nigeria's security challenges.
Channels TV reported that Gbajabiamila made the disclosure on Monday, April 26, after a closed-door meeting with the Nigerian leader at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He said Buhari is passionate about restoring peace in the country, adding that the president has a listening ear when ideas are suggested to him.
In another report, Yakubu Dogara, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, hs advised the Senate has to be more careful in the future when screening presidential nominees.
The chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Bauchi state said this in reaction to the outcry over how the minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami, was screened despite his alleged pro-terrorist views, which he later renounced.
Dogara said there was something missing during the screening of Pantami. He added that the lesson from the Pantami saga was for everybody to always put the country first.