In a landmark achievement, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan was officially sworn in as the first female senator from Kogi State on Thursday. Elected as the senator for Kogi Central Senatorial District, Akpoti-Uduaghan’s victory came after the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, confirmed her as the rightful winner of the February election. She contested on the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) platform and received her Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) prior to taking her oath.
The court’s decision to uphold Akpoti-Uduaghan’s victory followed a series of legal battles. The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Abubakar Ohere, had filed an appeal challenging her win, but it was dismissed for lacking merit. The Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal had earlier declared Ohere’s victory void in September, confirming Akpoti-Uduaghan as the rightful winner.
This historic moment not only marks Akpoti-Uduaghan’s personal achievement but also signifies a significant milestone for Kogi State, which had never before elected a female senator. Many hope that her success will inspire more women in the state to actively pursue roles in political office, heralding a new era of gender inclusivity and representation.”