The Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lokoja for National Assembly/State assembly has sacked Dino Melaye as Senator for Kogi West on Friday.
The tribunal led by A.O. Chijiok, also ordered that fresh elections be held for the district.
The candidate of the APC, Smart Adeyemi, had argued that Melaye’s victory should be invalidated on the grounds that there were numerous irregularities following the election which included over-voting and non-compliance with the electoral act.
“We’ve decided to fight the results of the elections in the tribunal court because constitutional injustices must not be allowed to stand,” Adeyemi who was the Kogi west senator between 2007 and 2015 said in an April 17 tweet.
We’ve decided to fight the results of the elections in the tribunal court because constitutional injustices must not be allowed to stand.
Melaye has reacted without worries to the development as he said that the APC would have gone on to the appeal courts even if it had gone his way. He stated that there would be fresh elections eventually as he was going to be the Governor of Kogi state.
“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 a fresh election in Kogi West bc I will be Governor. For my Senate mandate no shaking,”