The Court of Appeal in Calabar had ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return earlier issued to Senator Stephen Odey.
Senator Stephen Odey has yet lost another bid in his multiple efforts to reclaim his seat as the lawmaker representing Cross River North Senatorial District in the National Assembly.
He suffered his second loss on Saturday when the Court of Appeal in Abuja dismissed his application, asking the court to review its earlier judgement which declared Jerigbe Agorm as the right candidate in the December 2020 by-election in the senatorial district.
In its ruling, a panel of five justices unanimously dismissed Senator Odey’s application, saying it was an abuse of court processes.
The court also said the appeal was brought in bad faith and ordered him to pay N1 million as a consequential cost to the first, second, and third respondents to the suit.
The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, led four other justices to rule on the appeal.