Breaking: Tribunal sacks Melaye, orders fresh election

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The National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lokoja, Kogi State, on Friday sacked Senator Dino Melaye as the Senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly.

The Cable reports that in its judgement, the tribunal ordered that fresh elections should be held in the senatorial district.

While reacting to the judgement, Melaye in a statement, said his legal team was already studying the judgement, adding that he would appeal it.

He said he was confident that the Appeal Court would upturn the judgement of the lower tribunal.

According to him, the judgement was full of importation of information that was alien to the case.

Melaye said, “I, however, commend the courage and moral strength of the chairman of the tribunal for resisting evil and standing on the part of justice?”

“I have confidence in the Appeal Court to right the wrongs as contained in the pronouncements of the judgement.”

He added, “I also want to tell those jubilating that their jubilation will be short-lived while appealing to my teeming supporters to remain calm as their mandate is safe and secure and cannot be taken through any mischievous means.

“However, our legal team is already working on appealing the judgment and I assure all that justice will prevail.”

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