Senator Dino Melaye, formerly representing Kogi West Senatorial district has vowed to appeal the judgement quashing his electoral victory in March and ordering fresh elections to be held within 90-days.
Melaye (PDP), was declared a winner in the March election by INEC but Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC) approached the tribunal, challenging INEC declaration on three grounds of irregularities, over voting and non-compliance with the electoral acts.
While the Chairman of the panel, Justice A. O. Chijioke refused the petitioners prayers, the other two members of the panel accepted Adeyemi’s ground and ordered for another election in the senatorial district.
In a statement personally signed by him, Dino said, “The judgement is full of importation of information that is alien to the case. 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. 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. “However, our legal team is already working to appeal the judgement and I assure all that justice will prevail.