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Kogi election tribunal sacks Dino Melaye, as lawmaker vows to reclaim his mandate

Kogi election tribunal sacks Dino Melaye, as lawmaker vows to reclaim his mandate

The Kogi state national assembly and state assembly election tribunal has sacked Dino Melaye as the senator representing Kogi west district.

In a judgment delivered today, the tribunal led by A.O. Chijiok ordered a fresh election in the district

Smart Adeyemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the February 26 election, had approached the tribunal and challenged Melaye’s victory on the grounds that there were cases of irregularities including over-voting and non-compliance with the electoral act.

He had noted that he decided to fight the results of the elections in the tribunal court because constitutional injustices must not be allowed to stand.

The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye has described the ruling of the Kogi West National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal nullifying his victory in the March 22 election and ordering a fresh election as a total miscarriage of justice.

In a statement, he said his legal team is already studying the judgment, adding that he will appeal it.

He said he is confident that the Appeal Court will upturn the judgment of the lower tribunal.

According to him, the judgment was full of importation of information that is alien to the case.

He nevertheless commended the courage and moral strength of the Chairman of the tribunal for resisting evil and standing on the part of justice.”

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