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Melaye losses to Adeyemi at Election Tribunal

Senator Dino Melaye of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in an attempt returning to the red carpet chamber loss at the National Assembly  Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja on Wednesday to Senator Smart Adeyemi of All Progressive Congress (APC), who the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) declared as the winner of the Kogi West election conducted on November 16, 2019.

A three man panel of judges in a unanimous ruling said Melaye and the PDP failed to validate their claims in the petitions to warrant granting their appeal.

The tribunal said all the 71 witnesses called by the petitioners contradicted themselves during cross-examinations and made “worthless, unreliable and unmerited statement” that cannot be relied on.

The court also rejected the videos and other documents presented by the PDP petitioner during the final written addresses because they were not pleaded during proceedings.

Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Adeyemi who polled 88,373 votes as the winner of the poll against Dino Melaye of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 62,133.

Melaye rejected the results declared by INEC and petitioned the tribunal to declare him the winner of the election or order the electoral body to conduct a fresh election.

But the tribunal in a unanimous ruling on Wednesday said Melaye’s petition could not stand because he failed to substantiate the grounds that there was noncompliance to standards of the electoral act in the election.

The tribunal subsequently dismissed Melaye’s petition and upheld Adeyemi as duly and lawfully elected senator in the Kogi West Senate election.

Reacting to the judgement, the 46-year-old politician, however, called on his supporters to stay away from violence and remain law-abiding. According to him “I never expected justice at this level but shall get justice at the court of appeal.” Melaye told journalists.

Senator Dino Melaye of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in an attempt  returning to the red carpet chamber loss at the National Assembly  Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja on Wednesday to Senator Smart Adeyemi of All Progressive Congress (APC), who the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) declared as the winner of the Kogi West election conducted on November 16, 2019.

A three man panel of judges in a unanimous ruling said Melaye and the PDP failed to validate their claims in the petitions to warrant granting their appeal.

The tribunal said all the 71 witnesses called by the petitioners contradicted themselves during cross-examinations and made “worthless, unreliable and unmerited statement” that cannot be relied on.

The court also rejected the videos and other documents presented by the PDP
petitioner during the final written addresses because they were not pleaded during proceedings.

Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Adeyemi who polled 88,373 votes as the winner of the poll against Dino Melaye of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 62,133.

Melaye rejected the results declared by INEC and petitioned the tribunal to declare him the winner of the election or order the electoral body to conduct a fresh election.

But the tribunal in a unanimous ruling on Wednesday said Melaye’s petition could not stand because he failed to substantiate the grounds that there was noncompliance to standards of the electoral act in the election.

The tribunal subsequently dismissed Melaye’s petition and upheld Adeyemi as duly and lawfully elected senator in the Kogi West Senate election.

Reacting to the judgement, the 46-year-old politician, however, called on his supporters to stay away from violence and remain law-abiding. According to him “I never expected justice at this level but shall get justice at the court of appeal.” Melaye told journalists.

 

 


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