Senator Dino Melaye has vowed to appeal the judgment of the Kogi State National Assembly/State Assembly election petition tribunal, which nullified his election as Kogi West senator
The tribunal nullified Senator Melaye’s election on Friday morning, August 23.
Mr. Melaye was declared the winner of the Kogi West Senatorial election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in February.
The results declared by INEC showed that Melaye, who contested the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 85,395 votes to defeat Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 66,901 votes.
Apparently displeased with the outcome of the election Adeyemi approached the tribunal which in turn, ruled in his favour on Friday.
A three-man panel led by Justice A. O. Chijioke in a unanimous judgment accepted Adeyemi’s ground and ordered for reelection into the Kogi West senatorial district.
Reacting to the ruling in a tweet on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, Melaye assured his supporters that there is no cause for alarm, noting that if the tribunal had ruled in his favour, his challenger would have approached the appeal court.
“On Tribunal judgment. 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
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