BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
The Kogi State House of Assembly and National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal on Friday nullified the election of Senator Dino Melaye and ordered for fredh election.
Melaye during the March 22, 2019 election polled a total of 85,395 votes to defeat Smart Adeyemi of APC who scored 66,902 votes in the Kogi West Senatorial District.
Melaye described the ruling of the Tribunal, nullifying his election and vowed to appeal the case as a total miscarriage of Justice.
Adeyemi had approached the tribunal to challenge Melaye’s election on three grounds of irregularities, over voting and non compliance with the electoral act.
On Friday, a three-man panel led by Justice A. O. Chijioke, in a unanimous judgment, accepted Adeyemi’s ground and ordered for a fresh election in the senatorial district.
Dino, in his reaction said “The judgement is full of importation of information that are alien to the case.
“I, however, commend the courage and moral strength of the chairman of the tribunal for resisting evil and standing on the part of justice.
“I have confidence in the appeal court to right the wrongs as contained in the pronouncements of the judgement”
“However, our legal team is already working on appealing the judgment and I assure all that justice will prevail.”
He told those jubilating that their jubilation will be short lived while appealing to his supporters to remain calm as their mandate is safe and secured and cannot be taken through any mischievous means