The Kogi State National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal has sacked Dino Melaye as the representative of the Kogi West senatorial district in the Senate. Melaye beat his closest challenger, Smart Adeyemi, and other candidates in the election that was conducted on February 23, 2019 for a second term in the upper legislative chamber. However, Adeyemi challenged Melaye's victory on three grounds of irregularities, over voting and non-compliance with the electoral act. The tribunal agreed with him and annulled the election in a ruling delivered on Friday, August 23. In a unanimous judgement, the three-member panel, led by Justice A. O. Chijioke, ordered for a fresh election to be conducted in the district. Melaye disagreed with the ruling and has announced that he'll file a petition at the Court of Appeal. "I have confidence in the appeal court to right the wrongs as contained in the pronouncements of the judgement," he said. Will he win in Appeal Court?
Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or: