Appeal Court Sacks Melaye Orders Fresh Election

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed an application filed by the lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district, Senator Dino Melaye.

Melaye in the suit challenged the judgment of the Kogi State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal which nullified his election and ordered a fresh election.

However, a three-man panel of the appeal court led by Justice Datti Yahaya dismissed the application in a unanimous judgment on Friday.

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The court held that the lawmaker failed to proof the allegations that he was not given a fair hearing by the lower Tribunal.

It, therefore, upheld the majority judgment of the Tribunal that the petitioner, Senator Smart Adeyemi, proved the allegations of malpractices, mutilation of result sheet, and over-voting.

As such, it ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election in the district within 90 days from October 11, 2019.
Senator Melaye contested the election on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) while Senator Adeyemi was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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