The Kogi State National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal has quashed the victory of Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial district. In its judgement, the tribunal ordered that fresh elections should be held in the senatorial district.
Melaye (PDP) was declared winner in the February election by INEC but Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC) approached the tribunal, challenging INEC declaration on three grounds of irregularities, over voting and non compliance with the electoral acts.
Dino Melaye is contesting for the upcoming gubernatorial election in Kogi state on the platform of the PDP.
In reaction to the development, the controversial senator tweeted:
On Tribunal judgement. No cause 4 alarm at all. Even if it went my way they will still go to the Appeal Court. Our mandate can not 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.
On Tribunal judgement. No cause 4 alarm at all. Even if it went my way they will still go to the Appeal Court. Our mandate can not 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— Senator Dino Melaye. (SDM) (@dino_melaye) August 23, 2019
In an interview with newsmen, Melaye said his legal team was already studying the judgement, adding that he would appeal it.
He said he was confident that the Appeal Court would upturn the judgement of the lower tribunal.
According to him, the judgement was full of importation of information that was alien to the case.
Melaye said, “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.”
He added, “I also want to tell those jubilating that their jubilation will be short-lived while appealing to my teeming supporters to remain calm as their mandate is safe and secure and cannot be taken through any mischievous means.
“However, our legal team is already working on appealing the judgment and I assure all that justice will prevail.”