The Senate on Thursday failed to swear-in the only All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator-elect in the South-East zone, Hon. Ben Uwajumogu, who was elected to represents Okigwe (Imo North) senatorial district of Imo State, citing tight schedule for its action.
Uwajumogu was declared winner of the July rerun election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) having defeated his closest challenger, Chief Athan Achonu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Senator-elect had showed up for the swearing-event at the National Assembly complex as early as 9am ahead of the 10am resumption time of the Red Chamber with his retinue of supporters and political allies including traditional rulers, who came from Imo State.
They were however disappointed when the news filtered in that the swearing-in had been put off till next week Tuesday when the Senate will reconvene.
The inability of the Senate to swear-in the only APC Senator from the South-East zone has created anxiety in the camp of Uwajumogu, whose supporters have already alleged a foul play.
Speaking to journalists aftrward, the Senator-elect, who is a former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, confirmed the re-scheduling of his swearing-in to next legislative day, which is Tuesday.
LEADERSHIP Friday checks however show that the oaths-taking for new member of the Senate was included on the Order Paper of yesterday as item number three, thus lending credence to the fears expressed by Uwajumogu’s supporters.