The Appeal Court on Friday, 11th October, 2019 aligned with the decision of the tribunal which sacked Dino Melaye as the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district.
Melaye, who contested the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 85,395 votes to defeat Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 66,901 votes.
It will be recalled that the Kogi State National Assembly/State Assembly election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, nullified Senator Melaye’s election in August after it was approached by Smart Adeyemi.
However, Senator Melaye not satisfied with the outcome, headed for the appeal court.
As earlier reported by, the Appeal Court in its ruling on Friday, however, maintained the judgment of the tribunal and ordered a fresh election within 90 days in the Kogi West Senatorial district.
Reacting to the Appeal Court ruling, Senator Melaye said on Twitter: “I just lost my election at the Appeal Court and Fresh election ordered. In all things I give God the Praise. He who started a good thing will definitely complete it.
“I ask my supporters to be law-abiding as we shall always overcome. To God be the Glory.”Nigerians have also taken to Twitter to react to the new development.