The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar has declared Mr Jarigbe Agom as the duly elected Senator for Cross River North.

A three-man panel of justices, led by Justice Chioma Nwosu, made the declaration in a ruling on Friday in the Cross River State capital.

It declared Jarigbe as the lawful candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Cross River North senatorial district by-election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on December 5, 2020.

This decision by the appellate court sacks Senator Stephen Odey who represents the senatorial district in the National Assembly.

The court also invalidated the Certificate of Return earlier issued to Senator Odey by INEC and directed the electoral empire to withdraw it.