The Gubernatorial Election Tribunal in Kogi State has Sacked Senator Dino Melaye as the Senator Representing Kogi West District.
In a judgement delivered on Friday, the tribunal led by A.O. Chijiok ordered a fresh election in the district. Smart Adeyemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) 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.
Vanguard Gathered that, Adeyemi on his social media account, has confirmed the judgement, “We’ve decided to fight the results of the elections in the tribunal court because constitutional injustices must not be allowed to stand,” said in an April 17 tweet.
Reacting to the judgement, Dino Melaye said that there was no cause for alarm over his sack, adding that his mandate would not be taken from him.
The embattled senator said that even if the ruling was in his favour, it would have been appealed.
He insisted that there would be a fresh senatorial election in the district and that he would be Kogi’s next governor.
“I, however, commend the courage and moral strength of the chairman of the tribunal for resisting evil and standing on the part of justice?” “I have confidence in the Appeal Court to right the wrongs as contained in the pronouncements of the judgement.”
Dino Melaye added, “I also want to tell those jubilating that their jubilation will be short-lived while appealing to my teeming supporters to remain calm as their mandate is safe and secure and cannot be taken through any mischievous means.