From Chris Gaga, Makurdi
The Benue State House of Assembly on Wednesday, sworn in Mr Chris Adaji as member representing Ohimini State Constituency.
Mr Chris Adaji (PDP) was returned elected in the January 25th rerun election conducted by INEC. He defeated APC’s Musa Alechenu who had dragged him to court, contesting his victory at the 2019 elections.
The Appeal Court Sitting in Makurdi had on November 7, last year, nullified the election of Adaji, and ordered a fresh election in the affected polling units of the local government.
Adaji was the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly before his election was nullified.
Meanwhile, shortly after his swearing-in, he was nominated and inaugurated to resume his seat as the deputy speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly by the clerk of the House.
Adaji’s inauguration as deputy speaker followed nomination by the Member representing Ogbadibo Constituency, Mr. Peter Enemari, and was seconded by member representing Guma, Mr. William Iortyom.
In a remark, Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Mr. Titus Uba charged the deputy speaker to see his position as a repose of confidence by members and urged him not to disappoint the house as well as the Benue people.
Speaking to newsmen after his inauguration, the Deputy Speaker, Mr Chris Adaji promised to redouble his effects in providing purposeful representation for his constituents.
He thanked members of the Assembly for retaining the seat of the deputy speaker for him even when his election was nullified, and pledged not to disappoint their trust in him.
The Deputy Speaker called on his opponent in the APC, Mr Alechenu to join him in his efforts to provide dividends of democracy to their people.