The victory of Dino Melaye as the senator of Kogi West was on Friday, October 11, nullified by the Court of Appeal in Abuja. Delivering the verdict, Justice Yahaya Dantijo, the head of a three-member panel of the court, affirmed the earlier judgment of the election petition tribunal which had set aside Melaye’s victory, The Cable reports. Recall that the Court of Appeal in Abuja on Tuesday, September 25 had reversed the judgment in appeals filed by Melaye, challenging his election victory that was quashed by National Assembly election petition tribunal. Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Melaye was sacked in a judgment issued by the National Assembly’s election petition tribunal.
He was a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the senatorial election of February 23, where he was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). On the ground of irregularities, over-voting and non-compliance with electoral laws, Melaye’s rival, Senator Smart Adeyemi of All Progressives Congress (APC) challenged the outcome of the election.