Kogi West: Melaye heads to Court of Appeal over Tribunal’s Judgement

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Dino Melaye

The Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has headed to Court of Appeal, Abuja to appeal the August 23 judgment of the Kogi State National and State Houses of Assembly Election Tribunal, which nullified his victory.

Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had petitioned the tribunal, challenging Melaye’s victory with his petition upheld  by the tribunal’s order for a fresh poll within 90 days.

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In the notice of appeal he filed, Dino Melaye wants the Court of Appeal, Abuja, to set aside the judgment

Senator Dino Melaye has raised 23 grounds of appeal, in which he faulted the majority decisions taken by the tribunal.

The Senator is also seeking a court order in the Notice of Appeal dated September 5, enabling his appeal and an order to uphold his objection to the petition or to reject the petition and confirm his electoral win.

The appeal, which was filed by Rickey Tarfa (SAN), has Senator Smart Adeyemi, APC, PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as respondents.

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Among the grounds of appeal are: whether the person sued at the tribunal, being Senator Dino Melaye, is the same as the person who contested the poll and declared winner of the election as contained on Form CF001 – Melaye Daniel Dino.

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“The provision of the law is that the name as used in Form CF001 is the only valid name that can be used to challenge the election of the appellant.”

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