Tribunal Sacks Dino Melaye as Senator, Orders Fresh Election

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The Kogi State National Assembly and State Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal has sacked Dino Melaye as the Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district.

This was in a judgement delivered on Friday by a three-man panel led by Justice Anthony Chijioke.

The tribunal in a unanimous judgment ordered fresh election in the senatorial district.

Senator Melaye of the  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was declared a winner in the February 2019 National Assembly election but Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) approached the tribunal and challenged Dino’s victory.

Adeyemi cited irregularities, over voting and non-compliance with the electoral acts as his reasons for challenging the election outcome.

The tribunal in a unanimous judgment on Friday, therefore, upheld Senator  Adeyemi’s ground and ordered for fresh election in the senatorial district.

Melaye in a reaction has however vowed to appeal the ruling. He noted that he is confident in the Appeal Court.

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