End of the road for Melaye as Appeal Court dismisses suit challenging Adeyemi’s election

By our reporter| The Court of Appeal Abuja on Tuesday the judgement of the Kogi State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal which affirmed the election of Senator Smart Adeyemi as the lawmaker representing Kogi West in the national assembly.

Senator Dino Melaye who contested the November 2019 poll on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and lost to Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had asked the court to upturn the decision of the Tribunal that declared Senator Adeyemi as the winner of the election.

A three-man panel of justices of the appellate court, however, dismissed the suit in its judgement delivered on Tuesday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Justice Ibrahim Saulawa who led the other judges and delivered the judgement held that the appeal filed by Melaye was incompetent as all seven issues raised in the appeal were resolved against the appellant with a cost of N50,000 awarded against him.

The Kogi State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal had dismissed the petition filed by Melaye for lacking in merit in its judgement delivered in Abuja on June 10, 2020.

It held that the witnesses presented by Melaye failed to prove the allegations of over-voting, unlawful votes, and the various electoral infractions listed in the petition.

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