An election tribunal sitting in Lokoja, Kogi State, has nullified the election of Senator Dino Melaye, who is representing Kogi West in the Senate.
This was in a judgement delivered on Friday by a three-man panel led by Justice Anthony Chijioke.
In its judgement, the tribunal ordered that fresh elections should be held in the senatorial district.
Melaye who contested on the platform of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, was challenged by his closest rival in the 2019 elections, Smart Adeyemi of the APC at the tribunal.
Melaye in June had confirmed he would be contesting the forthcoming governorship election in Kogi State. The Kogi governorship election holds on November 16.
In a swift reaction, Melaye has described the judgement that nullifies his March 22 2019 victory as ”a miscarraige of justice”.
The press release issued by the senator reads, “The judgement is full of importation of information that are 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 path of justice”
“I have confidence in the Appeal Court to right the wrongs 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 secured and cannot be taken through any mischievous means”
“However, our legal team is already working on appealing the judgment and I assure all that justice will prevail.”