- Dino Melaye has reacted to his loss to Senator Adeyemi at the state’s election petitions tribunal
- The former senator said he would be challenging the verdict at the Court of Appeal
- Melaye lost his seat as Kogi West senator to Adeyemi of the APC in a rerun election conducted in November 2016
Former lawmaker, Dino Melaye, has reacted to the verdict of the Tribunal that upheld the victory of Senator Smart Adeyemi as the lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district.
The state’s election petitions tribunal had on Wednesday, June 10, dismissed Melaye’s petition.
According to the tribunal, Melayes failed to prove the allegation that he scored the majority of the lawful votes in the poll which was conducted on Saturday, November 16, 2019.
However, shortly after the judgment, Melaye took to Twitter to air his opinion and reveal his next line of action.
Melaye told his supporters that he had not relented, adding that he would be challenging the verdict at the Court of Appeal.
“We actually did not expect judgement at this level but we know that by the grace of God, we’ll get justice at the Court of Appeal.
“I encourage my teaming supporters to be strong because the battle is a battle of no retreat no surrender. “This temporary victory is very temporal and evaporative, we are getting there and we’ll get there,” he said
Recall that INEC declared Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the election having polled a total of 88,373 votes to defeat his main challenger, PDP’s Melaye who polled 62,133 votes.
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In another report, Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, on Friday, June 5, lifted the total lockdown imposed on Kabba-Bunu local government area following suspected cases of coronavirus.
Bello had taken heed to the warnings of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with his decision to impose a total lockdown in the area.
Governor Bello made the announcement at the Government House in Lokoja, the state capital.
Bello speaking on the state government's decision to lift the lockdown explained that it had become necessary after the result of all the samples taken came out negative.
The governor while insisting that the state remained COVID-19-free, urged the people to obey the protocols of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the NCDC to curb the spread of the disease.
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