Tribunal sacks Senator Melaye, orders fresh elections…Election annulment: Melaye to appeal verdict

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The National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lokoja on Friday, August 23, 2019,  sacked Senator Dino Melaye as the Senator for Kogi West.

In its judgement, the tribunal ordered that fresh election should be held in the senatorial district.

The three-man panel led by Justice A. O. Chijioke, in a unanimous judgment, accepted Adeyemi’s grounds and ordered for reelection into the senatorial seat.

In a swift riposte, Senator Dino Melaye said he would appeal the judgment of the Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal.

Melaye was declared the winner of the Kogi West Senatorial election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in February 23.

A three-man panel led by Justice A. O. Chijioke in a unanimous judgment ruled in favour of Adeyemi’s petitions and ordered for re-election into the Kogi West senatorial district.

Melaye in a tweet, shortly after the annulment by the tribunal noted that his challenger would have also challenged the ruling if he was in his shoes.

“On Tribunal judgment: No cause 4 alarm at all. Even if it went my way they will still go to the Appeal Court. Our mandate cannot be taken.

“We will get judgment at the Appeal Court. There will be fresh election in Kogi West bc I will be Governor. For my Senate mandate no shaking,” he tweeted.

He also tweeted a picture with a caption “He who laugh last, laugh best…KOGI Governor loading.”

SOURCE: NAN

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