- Senator Dino Melaye was sacked by the Court of Appeal on Friday, October 11
- The court ordered that the election that produced Melaye as senator be conducted again
- Governor Yahaya Bello has hailed the decision of the court, stating that it reflects the wishes of the people
Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has reacted to the loss of Senator Dino Melaye at the Appeal Court.
The victory of Melaye as the senator representing Kogi West was on Friday, October 11, nullified by the Court of Appeal in Abuja, with a directive that the election is conducted again.
In a statement sent to journalists on Friday, October 11 by his spokesman, Onogwu Mohammed, Governor Bello commended the judgement of the Court of Appeal which upheld the earlier judgement of the Kogi state National Assembly election tribunal.
He said it further vindicates his earlier position that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) manipulated the elections.
The governor praised the judiciary, saying it has proven to be “unbiased, independent and impartial.”
He said in spite of the intimidation, unnecessary accusations and rumour-mongering, the tribunal and the Court Of Appeal “have lived up to their expectations by dispensing justice without fear or favour.”
”For upholding the petition by Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and ordering that a fresh election be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the constituency, the tribunal, led by Justice A.O. Chijioke and the Appeal Court have jointly proved to the world that the people's mandate was stolen in the last Kogi West Senatorial Election,” Bello said.
“The courts did not decide in a vacuum but acted on the basis of the merits and demerits of the case before them,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Ebira People's Association has called for an “unflinching, undivided and unreserved support and solidarity” for the re-election bid of Governor Bello.
Dr Adeiza Musa Abdulrahman, the group’s president-general of the group in a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, October 9, said Bello’s leadership model is fully endorsed by all progressive-minded citizens of Kogi state.
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