Dino Melaye: INEC Reveals Next Action As Court Of Appeal Sacks Kogi Senator



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it will explore the possibility of using the Nov. 16 governorship election to conduct a fresh election for the Kogi West Senatorial district.

NAN reports that the INEC National Commissioner in charge of Kogi, Nasarawa and Kwara States, Alhaji Mohammed Haruna, dropped the hint in Lokoja on Friday.

Fielding questions from newsmen on the Court Appeal judgment nullifying the election of Sen. Dino Melaye, Haruna said that since the governorship election was still 34 days away, there was possibility for the election to hold same day.

The Court of Appeal in Abuja nullified the election of PDP’s Melaye and ordered INEC to conduct fresh election within 90 days of its judgment.

The judgment was on the petition filed by Sen. Smart Adeyemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 26 election.

The INEC national commissioner was in Lokoja for a workshop on fake news organised for media executives, journalists and bloggers by the International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) in collaboration with INEC.

Haruna told the participants to be wary of fake news and its implications, saying that unverified news should not be allowed space.

He also enjoined them to support INEC to institute credible electoral process in the country.

Recall that,

The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, on Friday, upheld the tribunal judgment that sacked Senator Dino Melaye from the National Assembly.

The appellate court, in a unanimous judgement by a three-man panel of Justices led by Justice Yahaya Dattijo, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to within 90 days, conduct a fresh election in Kogi West Senatorial District.

The appellate court said it saw no reason to set aside the August 23 judgement of the Kogi State National/State Assembly Election Tribunal that nullified the outcome of the February 23 election that was declared in favour of Melaye and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

It, therefore, struck out the appeal Melaye lodged to challenge the majority decision of the tribunal that voided his re-election to the Senate.

Reacting to the court verdict, Senator Dino claimed in a Channels video he is not disturbed by the judgement because he is confident of winning the rerun.

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