In a groundbreaking development for Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan has been sworn in as the first female senator from the state. The Senate officially welcomed Akpoti-Uduaghan as the senator-elect for the Kogi Central Senatorial District on Thursday, following her victory in the February elections on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The journey to Akpoti-Uduaghan’s historic swearing-in began with her successful election win earlier this year. However, her victory was challenged by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Abubakar Ohere, who filed an appeal against the results. The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, recently dismissed Ohere’s appeal, affirming Akpoti-Uduaghan’s legitimacy as the elected senator.
The Kogi Central Senatorial Election was a closely contested race, but the Court of Appeal’s ruling validated Akpoti-Uduaghan’s victory and declared Ohere’s claim void. The Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal had previously ruled in September that Akpoti-Uduaghan was the rightful winner of the Senate election, further solidifying her position.
Akpoti-Uduaghan’s swearing-in ceremony marks a significant milestone for Kogi State, as it had never before produced a female senator. Her achievement is expected to inspire and encourage more women in the state to actively pursue political office.
As the first female senator from Kogi, Akpoti-Uduaghan now holds a crucial position to advocate for the interests and welfare of her constituents. Her presence in the Senate is a positive step towards gender inclusivity and diversity in Nigerian politics.
Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan’s historic feat is a testament to the increasing recognition and empowerment of women in Nigerian politics. It highlights the importance of promoting equal opportunities and representation for women in leadership roles, ultimately contributing to a more inclusive and progressive society.
With her swearing-in, Akpoti-Uduaghan embarks on a new chapter of her political career, poised to make a lasting impact on the legislative landscape and champion the aspirations of the people she represents. Her journey as the first female senator from Kogi is a remarkable achievement and paves the way for more women to break barriers and excel in Nigerian politics.
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