The National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lokoja, Kogi State, Nigeria on Friday nullified the election of Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West.
In its judgement, the tribunal ordered that fresh elections should be held in the senatorial district.
The three man panel led by Justice A. O. Chijioke in a unanimous judgment on Friday accepted Adeyemi’s ground and order for reelection into the senatorial axis.
Melaye’s closest rival, Smart Adeyemi of the APC, had challenged his victory at the tribunal.
Melaye was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2007 to represent Kabba/Ijumu federal constituency. He served two terms and later won election as a senator in 2015. He was declared winner of the February 2019 to serve another term in the Senate.
Melaye in June confirmed he would be contesting the forthcoming governorship election in Kogi State. The Kogi governorship election holds on November 16.
If he emerges as the People Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, the senator will go head-to-head with his bitter rival and current governor of the state, Yahaya Bello. This also depends on if the ruling APC decides to field the governor as its candidate.
Melaye is being prosecuted by the police for allegedly aiding violence in Kogi and for allegedly attempting to commit suicide while being taken to Kogi by the police.