Easter Message


The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is a fine example of the prevailing power of the truth over falsehood and darkness.

Christ paid a solemn sacrifice to bring redemption to man and to save him from the ailing grip of darkness and corruption.

May the power of Christ’s resurrection bring peace, healing, recovery and prosperity to our land AMEN!

Happy Easter!

Signed:
Distinguished Senator Stephen Adi Odey Ph.D
(Senator Representing Cross River North).

ATTENTION PLEASE!

The Attention of the media organization of Senator Dr Stephen Adi Odey, has been drawn to an infantile and malicious outburst by Hon. Jarigbe Agom on TV, all in a frivolous attempt to continue his usual stock in trade. This is an effort in futility!
Even though, it is not in our character to respond to such hogwash but this has become necessary to put the record straight.

Let it be clearly noted that the so called press briefing remains a demented hallucination that is legally unfounded as it is ladened with propaganda, falsehood and desperate attempt to mislead the unsuspecting public.

In the light of the above, we urge all our supporters and the good people of Cross River Northern District to disregard his tales as there is no threat to the seat of Distinguished Senator Dr Stephen Adi Odey, ably representing the good people of CRN. Senator Odey remains unperturbed, undaunted and resilient. His worries are on how to better the lots of his constituents which he is working assiduously to actualise.

Meanwhile, we appeal to our supporters not to join issues with him and his cohorts as he is at the final stage of Desperation that is close to madness.

Is it a Senator that was duly elected, issued with a genuine certificate of return, took oath of office and duly sworn in as Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that he is derogating? Or is he not ashamed of himself of the revelation which has pushed him to resort to self help using his friends and thugs to invade the senate after every failed criminal attempt to forge Supreme Court and Court of Appeal enrollment orders.

It is high time Jarigbe understood that he has long been defeated and in the spirit of sportsmanship he should congratulate Sen. Stephen Odey. He did not pass through all electoral processes in accordance with Electoral act 140 (2) 2010, so has not and cannot be declared Senator.

The Distinguished Senator Odey is poised to give the best to the good people of Cross River Northern Senatorial District and he urges everyone to remain calm.

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SECOND READING OF THE INSTITUTE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY OGOJA ESTABLISHMENT BILL 2021

It would be recalled that the bill was first read in the Senate Chamber on Thursday, February 11, 2021.

The Bill as read by Distinguished Senator Stephen Odey Ph D, the second time…

Information and communication technology cannot be overlooked in the 21st century without dare consequences. The world has long moved from an analogue model to a digital one; and this digitalisation of human activities keep assuming different dimensions daily with the launch of diverse computer software and programme. In order not lag behind, Nigeria must pay particular attention to the development of information and communication technology (ICT).

The government of Nigeria, the private sector and Nigerians spend homoguous amount of money yearly to purchase softwares and maintain social network accounts developed by youths of other nations. Apart from being a risk to our digital safety, this is another means through which our scarce foreign reserve gets depleted.

In recognition of digital economy in the global stage, the Ministry of Communication was renamed Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy on 17th October, 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari. President Buhari has taken a path which we must follow. Our nation is not short of youths who can be trained to become professionals in the area of information and communication technology. We must ensure that we provide a conducive atmosphere for such specialised training in order to assist them in solving our local problems in particular ways and in exporting their talents to other nations which will in turn positively impact on our economy.

This bill, seeks to establish the Institution of Information and Communication Technology Ogoja, which has been vested with the following powers among others:

  1. To provide full-time and part-time courses in Information and Communication Technology, Engineering Technology, Applied Sciences, Management Sciences, and other fields of study leading to the award of Ordinary National Diploma, Higher National Diploma and Certificate in specialised programmes.
  2. Provide facilities and encourage the faith in all these areas of focus to aid the development of Nigeria in the area of industry, commerce, technology and engineering.
  3. To provide the well developed and articulate technical education through consistent research development and constant contact with renowned institution and appropriate industry.
  4. To provide appropriate training and vocational dexterity for a self-reliant and focused Nigerian students and also to provide industrial skills for those who want to be employers of labour or gainfully employed.

Mr President, Distinguished colleagues, to further underscore the importance of this bill, in his contribution to the debate in a similar bill brought by my Distinguished colleague, Senator Ifeanyi Uba on the floor of this hollowed chamber, Senator Smart Adeyemi pointed out that, it is imperative that an ICT institute be established in all the six geopolitical zones of this country.

Mr President, Distinguished colleagues, the world has gone digital and we must act fast to advance with the world.

For the Ogoja people in Cross River North Senatorial District and indeed all Nigerian youths and job seekers, the establishment of this institute will solve myriad of problems such as creating employment opportunities for our teeming youths aside the conducive atmosphere to advance in the ICT world.

Ogoja is being ravaged by poverty and under-development having been constantly deprived of the opportunity of becoming a state. Inspite of being one of the first provinces in Nigeria, our poverty situation is dire. The establishment of this institution will ease their burden to a reasonable extend. Taking into cognisance our growing need to tap into the advantages offered by ICT and the need for the nation to move with the times, I urge us all, highly respected distinguished colleagues to do all we possibly can do to set up specialised institutions to catter for our information and Communication sector.

I believe very strongly that posterity will be kind to us if we decide to take this path. ICT is the trending best practice the world over and an institute specially designated for this purpose should be a welcome development.

In line with order 77 sub 3 of the Senate Standing Order 2015 as amended, the compendium of the financial implications of the establishment of the Institute is hereby attached.

Following from all that I have said, I therefore humbly solicit your support for the second reading of this bill.

Thank you immensely Mr President and Distinguished colleagues.

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Congratulations to Distinguished Senator Stephen Odey Ph D,New Senate BuildingNational Assembly, Three Arms Zone

Distinguished Brother,

MEMBERSHIP OF SENATE COMMITTEE

I write to convey the approval of the Senate President for your inclusion in the under listed Senate Committees as a Member.

  1. Senate Committee on Education (Basic and Secondary);
  2. Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters;
  3. Senate Committee on Marine Transport
  4. Senate Committee on Environment.
  5. Senate Committee on Anti- Corruption and Financial Crimes
  6. Senate Committee on Interior
  7. Senate Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS);
  8. Senate Committee on Aviation; and
  9. Senate Committee on Diaspora and NGO.

Please accept my warm regards and consideration.

Signed:
Senator Yahaya A. Abdullahi, Ph.D, OON
Senate Leader

Senator Odey, committed to change the dynamics of representation

Distinguished Senator Stephen Odey Ph D, representing the good people of CRN Senatorial District has today Tuesday 16th February, 2021 in the 9th Senate 🇳🇬 presented another bill:

Compulsory Free Universal Education Act CAP C52 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill,2021 (SB.624)

God bless our Indomitable Senator of the Masses.

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Court reserves judgment in dispute over PDP’s candidate for C/River North

By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja

The Supreme Court has reserved judgment in two appeals in relation to the dispute over who, between Senator Stephen Adi Odey and Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe, is the authentic candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the December 5, 2020 by-election in Cross River North Senatorial District.

A seven-man panel of the apex court, headed by Justice Musa Daitjo Mohammad, announced, after lawyers to parties adopted their written arguments, that the date for judgment would be communicated to parties.

At the proceedings on Monday, the court heard the appeal marked: SC/CV/9/2021 filed by Odey, with John Alaga, Jarigbe and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as respondents.

With the agreement of lawyers to parties, the court elected to apply the judgment in the appeal by Odey to a similar appeal, marked: SC/CV/1055/2020 filed by the PDP.

Adopting the appellant’s brief, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), who led Odey’s legal team, urged the court to discountenance the objections raised against the appeal by the Alaga and Jarigbe, proceed to allow the appeal and grant the reliefs sought.

Samuel Ologunorisa (SAN), Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) and Agada Elachi , lawyers to Agada, Jarigbe and INEC, faulted the competence of the appeal and prayed the court to dismiss it for lacking in merit.

In the appeal, Odey is praying the Supreme Court to, among others, set aside a portion of the judgment delivered by the Court of Appeal, Abuja on December 17, 2020 directing INEC to recognise Jarigbe as the candidate of the PDP for the by-election.

Odey stated that his party, the PDP conducted its primary election on September 5, 2020 preparatory to the December 5, 2020 by-election.

He added that he won the primary election of the party with 450 votes, while Jarigbe scored 90 votes, subsequent upon Jarigbe sued at the Federal High Court, Port-Harcourt to challenge the outcome of the primary election.

He said the suit by Jarigbe, marked: FHC/PHC/CS/137/200 was later transferred to the Calabar division of the Federal High Court and renumbered: FHC/CA/CS/105/2020.

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Odey added that, while Jarigbe’s case was pending, he (Odey) sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the suit marked: FHC/CA/CS/87/2020 for delaying to publish his name as the PDP’s candidate, weeks after the party submitted his name to it (INEC) as the winner of the primary.

He stated that the Federal High Court, Calabar delivered its judgments in both cases on December 3, 2020 affirming him as the authentic PDP candidate, while the court struck out Jarigbe’s case for want of jurisdiction.

Odey said the Federal High Court proceeded to make an order of perpetual injunction, restraining INEC from interfering with his candidacy.

He said based on the court’s decision, he contested the by-election of December 5, 2020 as the candidate of the PDP and was declared the winner by INEC, following which he was sworn in on December 16, 2020 at the Senate as the Senator representing Cross River North Senatorial District.

Odey said he was shocked to learn the next day (December 17, 2020) that the Court of Appeal, Abuja upheld an order made by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja directing INEC to accept Jarigbe as the candidate of the PDP for the same election he won and on which basis he was inaugurated as a Senator.

He stated that unknown to him, while they were before the Federal High Court, Calabar, in respect of the suit by Jarigbe, challenging the outcome of the primary election, an ally of Jarigbe, John Alaga filed a suit before the High Court of FCT on October 5, 2020, claiming that Jarigbe won the primary, but that he should be disqualified for submitting forged certificates to INEC.

In a judgment on November 14, 2020, Justice Bintu Mohammed of the High Court of the FCT, dismissed the suit by Alaga, marked: CV/77/2020, on the grounds that the plaintiff failed to establish his case.

Odey stated that rather than stop at just dismissing the suit, Justice Mohammed proceeded to make consequential orders, including that directing INEC to recognise Jarigbe as the candidate of the PDP, a decision Alaga appealed to the Court of Appeal, Abuja.

He stated that the Court of Appeal, in its judgment in the appeal by Alaga delivered on December 17, 2020 agreed with the High Court that the suit was without merit, but failed to set aside the consequential orders made by the trial court without jurisdiction.

In his appeal, Odey further faulted the Court of Appeal for refusing to set aside the consequential orders, despite finding that the PDP, the party, whose candidate’s fate was being determined, was not made a party at the High Court and that the suit, being a pre-election matter, was filed by Alaga after the 14 days allowed.

Odey added that the Court of Appeal, in its December 17, 2020 judgment, “refused to set aside the consequential orders made by the trial court, despite finding that the case was a crass abuse of judicial process and that the court has no jurisdiction to entertain same.

“It is the failure to set aside the consequential orders that is the central and sole focus of this appeal,” he said.

Cross River North: Supreme Court Assures Of Prompt Hearing Of Senator Odey’s Appeal

By Unini Chioma , February 8, 2021

The Supreme Court on Monday assured parties of its prompt hearing of the appeal filed by Senator Stephen Adi Odey in relation to the dispute over the actual candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the last by-election in Cross River North Senatorial District of Cross River State.

At the mention of the appeal, marked: SC/CV/9/2021 on Monday, the appellant’s lawyer, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) told the court that the appeal is a pre-election one and that parties have been served.

Lawyers to the first and second respondents (John Alaga and Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe) Samuel Ologunorisa (SAN) and Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) however, said they have filed applications, challenging the competence of the appeal.

Lawyer to the third respondent (the Independent National Electoral Commission – INEC), Agada Elachi said he was not challenging the competence of the appeal.

On enquiry by the court, Ologunorisa and Adedipe said they did not accompany their applications with written addresses, but said they were willing to file should the court so direct.

Ruling, Justice Musa Datijo Mohammad, who headed the court’s five-man panel, granted the applicants two days to file written addresses; two days to the appellant to respond and one day for the applicants to reply, should there be a need for any.

On being told by Olanipekun that the appeal would expire on February 26 this year, Justice Muhammad assured that all the parties would be accommodated and that, if necessary, the court would hear the objections along with the substantive appeal.

He then adjourned till February 15 for a hearing.

Odey is praying the Supreme Court to, among others, set aside an aspect of the judgment delivered by the Court of Appeal, Abuja on December 17, 2020, directing INEC to recognise Jarigbe as the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the by-election.

Odey stated that his party, the PDP conducted its primary election on September 5, 2020, preparatory to the December 5, 2020 by-election.

He added that he won, with 450 votes, while Jarigbe scored 90 votes, subsequent upon Jarigbe sued at the Federal High Court, Port-Harcourt to challenge the outcome of the primary election.

He said the suit by Jarigbe, marked: FHC/PHC/CS/137/200 was later transferred to the Calabar division of the Federal High Court and renumbered: FHC/CA/CS/105/2020.

Odey added that while Jarigbe’s case was pending, he also sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the suit marked: FHC/CA/CS/87/2020 for delaying to publish his name as the PDP’s candidate, weeks after the party submitted his name to it (INEC) as the winner of the primary.

He stated that the Federal High Court, Calabar delivered its judgments in both cases on December 3, 2020 affirming him as the authentic PDP candidate, while the court struck out Jarigbe’s case for want of jurisdiction.

Odey said the Federal High Court proceeded to make an order of perpetual injunction, restraining INEC from interfering with his candidacy.

He said based on the court’s decision, he contested the by-election of December 5, 2020, as the candidate of the PDP and was declared the winner by INEC, following which he was sworn in on December 16, 2020, at the Senate as the Senator representing Cross River North Senatorial District.

Odey said he was shocked to learn the next day (December 17, 2020) that the Court of Appeal, Abuja upheld an order made by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja directing INEC to accept Jarigbe as the candidate of the PDP for the same election he won and on which basis he was inaugurated as a Senator.

He stated that unknown to him, while they were before the Federal High Court, Calabar, in respect of the suit by Jarigbe, challenging the outcome of the primary election, an ally of Jarigbe, John Alaga filed a suit before the High Court of FCT on October 5, 2020, claiming that Jarigbe won the primary, but that he should be disqualified for submitting forged certificates to INEC.

In a judgment on November 14, 2020, Justice Bintu Mohammed of the High Court of the FCT, dismissed the suit by Alaga, marked: CV/77/2020, on the grounds that the plaintiff failed to establish his case.

Odey stated that rather than stop at just dismissing the suit, Justice Mohammed proceeded to make consequential orders, including that directing INEC to recognise Jarigbe as the candidate of the PDP, a decision Alaga appealed to the Court of Appeal, Abuja.

He stated that the Court of Appeal, in its judgment in the appeal by Alaga delivered on December 17, 2020, agreed with the High Court that the suit was without merit, but failed to set aside the consequential orders made by the trial court without jurisdiction.

In his appeal, Odey further faulted the Court of Appeal for refusing to set aside the consequential orders, despite finding that the PDP, the party, whose candidate’s fate was being determined, was not made a party at the High Court and that the suit, being a pre-election matter, was filed by Alaga after the 14 days allowed.

Odey added that the Court of Appeal, in its December 17, 2020 judgment, “refused to set aside the consequential orders made by the trial court, despite finding that the case was a crass abuse of judicial process and that the court has no jurisdiction to entertain same.

INEC was compromised in Cross River North Senatorial by-election -Dr. Nwambu


The Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness has said it has noted that the Cross River North Senatorial district election was not carried out with a commitment to strengthen democracy neither did it comply with laid down laws, principles, and the rule of law.

The Centre which is a coalition of over 100 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) stated this in Abuja today in a roundtable on the role of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the judiciary in the electoral system.

Addressing participants, Dr. Gabriel Nwambu, the Chief Executive of the Centre said it is onerous on them to analyze the role of the important stakeholders with a view to properly appraise them in terms of stipulated rules and laws enacted for the purpose of conducting elections in Nigeria.

This, according to him, essentially is targeted at the degree of compliance of the electoral Management body and other stake- holders towards progressively attaining a more transparent, free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria.

Dr. Nwambu stressed that by-elections were conducted in some states of the federation to fill the vacant positions in state Assemblies, House of Representatives and the Senate on the 5th of December, 2020. But the events that has followed the Cross River North Senatorial District by-election from the primary election till the time of the round table is rather embarrassing to Nigerians because the template seems to be reversing Nigeria 40 years backward.

“Two fellows were the key contenders in the PDP primary for candidature of the senatorial district. One is Dr. Steve Odey and the other Hon. Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe. A five-man panel was set by the political party, the PDP, made up of the chairman, secretary and 3 other members. INEC’s representatives from the 5 Local Government Areas that make up the senatorial district were present.

“The police were also present at the party primary. Midway into the exercise, Hon. Jarigbe stormed out of the venue alleging that INEC was not present. All the INEC officials stood up to affirm their presence. This did not deter Hon. Jarigbe who moved to another hotel in Ogoja with 2 out of the 5 members of the panel to conduct his own primary and there he declared himself the winner.

“Nonetheless, the chairman of the panel, the secretary and one member of the panel continued the process of the election where Dr. Steve Odey emerged the winner of the primary election having scored 450 votes against his closest contender Hon. Jarigbe who scored 90 votes.

“Hon. Jarigbe had challenged the delegate list for the primary in a court. Dr. Steve Odey was affirmed by the court as the winner of the primary election hence his name sailed through the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja.

“Dr. Odey was then issued a nominations form provided for the PDP’s candidate by INEC headquarters, Abuja. Same was submitted to INEC headquarters by the PDP and acknowledgment obtained from the commission. Hon. Jarigbe did not fill any nominations form. Meaning that Dr. Odey is the authentic candidate of the party. Inspite of this, INEC would not publish Dr. Odey’s name as the party’s candidate for the election. Odey proceeded to the Federal High Court in Calabar to compel INEC to do the right thing. Hon. Jarigbe went to court or better still, somebody went to court to sue him in an FCT High Court in Apo, not over the list, not over that he won the primary election, or whether INEC was present at the primary. The FCT High Court does not have jurisdiction over this matter. He did not tell the court under Justice Binta Mohammed that he had declared himself winner at a fake primary conducted by himself. One John Alaba sued Jarigbe over a forged certificate, and that Jarigbe could not be a candidate with a wrong certificate. He didn’t event sue Dr. Odey. He did not join Odey, or even the PDP in the suit. Jarigbe’s name was not submitted to INEC as a candidate, yet INEC presented a lawyer at the court. The substantive issue was not addressed.”, Dr. Nwambu emphasised.

He also pointed out that, The Justice did not question Alaba’s ‘locus standi’ as lawyers say. The Judge did not ask for Odey, nor did she ask for the representative of the political party (PDP). It was a red- herring of judgement. A fiction alternative story was created by Jarigbe and lies became truth. Another certificate of return was issued to Jarigbe. What an “Abrakatabra” of a judgement. But before then, the authentic certificate of return had been received by the Senate President and Dr. Steve Odey had been sworn in as the Senator representing Cross River North Senatorial District in the National Assembly.

The rest of the text of his address reads:

Now, here are some germane facts here.

  1. Dr. Steve Odey participated in a primary conducted by the PDP and signed by the chairman, the secretary and a member of the panel. Hon. Jarigbe declared himself winner of a self-conducted election.
  2. All the ballot papers used in the authentic primary won by Dr. Odey was submitted to the PDP headquarters in Abuja. Jarigbe’s primary had no ballot papers.
  3. A candidate form sent to the PDP by INEC was filled by Dr. Odey and submitted to the INEC Headquarters by the party. Jarigbe did not fill any nomination form.
  4. The provision of section 285(13) of the 1999 constitution as amended is very clear and unambiguous. It provides thus:
    “An election tribunal or court shall not declare any person a winner at an election in which such a person has not fully participated in all the stages of the election.” Jarigbe did not participate in the primary election conducted by the PDP. He stormed out mid-way, vacating the venue of the authentic primary election. Dr. Steve Odey participated fully in all the stages of the election and was declared winner of the primary election.
  5. The PDP in a letter signed by the National Chairman and Secretary communicated INEC in writing stating clearly that Dr. Steve Odey is the authentic candidate for that election. Jarigbe was not recommended by the party he claims to fly its flag. Instead he ambushed with alternative fiction stories and deceived the court even while on oath to obtain judgement.
  6. The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Cross River state who monitored the primary election that produced Dr. Steve Odey wrote a report to that effect affirming Dr. Odey’s victory.
    Now, as a coalition that has collaborated with INEC for over a decade, we are aware that Prof. Mamood Yakubu is a man of impeccable integrity who has pioneered several resounding visionary innovations in terms of ensuring a transparent, free, fair and credible elections as well as adherence to rule of engagement in Nigeria. INEC under Prof. Yakubu has remained unbiased as an electoral management body saddled with such responsibility. But with profound respect to the Chairman and National Commissioners, the template which has played out in the Cross River North Senatorial district by- election does not depict fairness. It does not depict unbiasedness. It does not depict neutrality. The entire scenario does not absolve INEC as a commission of complacency. The implication of this is grave to the great height already attained by the current leadership of the commission and indeed our electoral system.

However, we thank God that this matter is before the Supreme Court where eminent Jurists would do justice proving once again that the Judiciary is the hope of the common man.

We hereby advice the INEC Chairman to continue his good works but should be weary of some desperate politicians whose target is to win elections at all cost. The entire situation in the Cross River North Senatorial by election indeed raises a lot of questions. We urge the chairman to set up a panel of enquiry to ascertain some the afore mentioned observations.

For the matters that were before the FCT courts, we wonder if the Judges do not read the news and do not follow currents in their society. Judgements are not about law, but about the society. If they read, they would have known about the background. The several issues of obtaining judgements in courts in Abuja even when such courts clearly do not have jurisdiction over such matters is impacting negatively on our electoral system. This is putting our electoral system in an auto-reverse 40 years backward. We need our institutions to be stronger than individuals.

Finally, it is worthy of mention that while the Nigerian youths are clamoring for the participation of Youths in Nigerians politics, Dr. Steve Odey, a vibrant young lawyer and a doctorate degree holder should be let alone to effectively continue the representation of the good people of Cross River North Senatorial district who have unanimously elected him in a resounding victory to continue with his effective representation.
Thank you.

Supreme Court to open hearing in Cross River North Senatorial dispute Monday 8th February, 2021

By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja

The Supreme Court has scheduled hearing for Monday in an appeal filed by Senator Stephen Adi Odey against the decision of the Court of Appeal, Abuja voiding his candidacy in the last by-election in Cross River North Senatorial District, Cross River State.

The apex court, it was learnt, would hear some motions filed by two respondents, John Alaga and Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe, querying the competence of the appeal.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court granted the appellant’s request for permission to serve the respondents through substituted means, owing to his inability to effect personal service.

Odey is, in the appeal marked: SC/CV/9/2021 praying the court to set aside portions of the judgment delivered by the Court of Appeal, Abuja on December 17, 2020 voiding his candidacy and in his place, naming Jarigbe as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Odey, represented by Wole Olanipekun (SAN), stated that his party, the PDP conducted its primary election on september 5, 2020 preparatory to the December 5, 2020 by-election.

The appellant stated that he won, with 450 votes, while Jarigbe scored 90 votes, subsequent upon Jarigbe sued at the Federal High Court, Port-Harcourt to challenged the outcome of the primary election.

He said the suit by Jarigbe, marked: FHC/PHC/CS/137/200 was later transferred to the Calabar division of the Federal High Court and renumbered: FHC/CA/CS/105/2020.

Odey added that while Jarigbe’s case was pending, he also sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the suit marked: FHC/CA/CS/87/2020 for delaying to publish his name as the PDP’s candidate, weeks after the party submitted his name to it (INEC) as the winner of the primary.

He stated that the Federal High Court, Calabar delivered its judgments in both cases on December 3, 2020 affirming him as the authentic PDP candidate, while the court struck out Jarigbe’s case for want of jurisdiction.
Odey said the Federal High Court proceeded to make an order of perpetual injunction, restraining INEC from interfering with his candidacy.

He said based on the court’s decision, he contested the by-election of December 5, 2020 as the candidate of the PDP and was declared the winner by INEC, following which he was sworn in on December 16, 2020 at the Senate as the Senator representing Cross River North Senatorial District.

Odey said he was shocked to learn the next day (December 17, 2020) that the Court of Appeal, Abuja upheld an order made by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja directing INEC to accept Jarigbe as the candidate of the PDP for the same election he won and on which basis he was inaugurated as a Senator.

He stated that unknown to him, while they were before the Federal High Court, Calabar, in respect of the suit by Jarigbe, challenging the outcome of the primary election, an ally of Jarigbe, John Alaga filed a suit before the High Court of FCT on October 5, 2020, claiming that Jarigbe won the primary, but that he should be disqualified for submitting forged certificates to INEC.

In a judgment on November 14, 2020, Justice Bintu Mohammed of the High Court of the FCT, dismissed the suit by Alaga, marked: CV/77/2020, on the grounds that the plaintiff failed to establish his case.

Odey stated that rather than stop at just dismissing the suit, Justice Mohammed proceeded to make consequential orders, including that directing INEC to recognise Jarigbe as the candidate of the PDP, a decision Alaga appealed to the Court of Appeal, Abuja.

He stated that the Court of Appeal, in its judgment in the appeal by Alaga delivered on December 17, 2020 agreed with the High Court that the suit was without merit, but failed to set aside the consequential orders made by the trial court without jurisdiction.

In his appeal, Odey further faulted the Court of Appeal for refusing to set aside the consequential orders, despite finding that the PDP, the party, whose candidate’s fate was being determined, was not made a party at the High Court and that the suit, being a pre-election matter, was filed by Alaga after the 14 days allowed.

Odey added that the Court of Appeal, in its December 17 last year, “refused to set aside the consequential orders made by the trial court, despite finding that the case was a crass abuse of judicial process and that the court has no jurisdiction to entertain same.

“It is the failure to set aside the consequential orders that is the central and sole focus of this appeal,” he said.