👤 By Adenike Lucas, DENISAURUS News
The National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lokoja has sacked Dino Melaye, the Senator representing Kogi West.
Senator Melaye, 45, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was declared the winner of the election held on February 26 2019, but the tribunal led by A.O. Chijiok has now ordered a fresh election.
The Tribunal’s decision to order a fresh election is not seen as a set back for the lawmaker who is planning to run for Governorship in the state anyway.
The Kogi Governorship elections is scheduled to take place on November 16 2019. The PDP and the APC are yet to select its candidate.
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Reacting to the ruling via twitter, Senator Melaye a vocal critic of the Kogi Governor, who decamped from the ruling All Progressives Congress last year out of frustration, stated that there was no cause for alarm.
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The 45-year-old who survived a planned recall from office last year, said: “On Tribunal judgement. No cause for 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 judgement at the Appeal Court. There will be fresh election in Kogi West because I will be Governor. For my Senate mandate no shaking.”