The Kogi State National Assembly/State Assembly election tribunal, on Friday sacked Dino Melaye as the Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district.
In a judgement delivered by the three-member panel led by Justice A.O. Chijioke, the tribunal ordered a fresh election in the district.
Recall that Sen. Smart Adeyemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 26 election, had approached the tribunal to challenge Melaye’s victory on the grounds that there were cases of irregularities including over-voting and non-compliance with the electoral act.
Meanwhile, Melaye has reacted to the ruling saying that the fresh election is already set to hold via the forthcoming gubernatorial election scheduled for November.
“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 a fresh election in Kogi West bc I will be Governor. For my Senate mandate no shaking,” Melaye tweeted in reaction to the judgement.