Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has reaffirmed the Judgement of the election petition tribunal on the 2019 Kogi West Senatorial dispute between Senator Dino melaye and Smart Adeyemi.
The three-member panel of the court, led by Justice Yahaya Dantijo in a unanimous decision affirmed the judgment of the tribunal who had nullified Melaye’s victory and order for reelection.
It could be recalled that Senator Dino Melaye had through his counsel, Joash Amputan asked the appellant court to set aside the tribunals judgment because they were a miscarriage of justice. He said the mutilation of result sheet relied upon by the tribunal to quashed his client election was because of ways of correcting errors. He also urged the court to disregard the tribunal’s verdict relying on the detected over voting, said the figures were not in concordance with the numbers of voters in the affected wards and local government areas. But counsel to Senator Smart Adeyemi, Mr. Dapo Otitoju said the mutilation of result sheet was done by INEC in connivance with Dino’s men to cover up the rigging.
He also said the 48,200 over voting that was detected in the election was uncovered through INEC certified true copy of PVC distributed in the senatorial axis. He said the rigging was carried out in so much bad light that the result of the election issued read February 26, 2019, instead of February 23, 2019, when the election was conducted.