Senator Dino Melaye, the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, has appealed against the nullification of his election by the Kogi State National/State Assembly Election Tribunal.
The election tribunal panel led by Justice A.O Chijioke had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election within 90 days.
Melaye however in his 23 ground appeal before the Court of Appeal in Abuja urged the court to dismiss the tribunal ruling and confirm his electoral victory.
The senator noted that the person sued at the tribunal as “Senator Dino Melaye” was not the same as the person who contested the poll and declared winner as contained on Form CF001.
“The provision of the law is that the name as used in Form CF001 is the only valid name that can be used to challenge the election of the appellant.
“The principle of equity accepted and applied by the majority members of the tribunal cannot override the provisions of the law in respect of the petition.
“The judgment of the tribunal was perverse and against the weight of evidence before it.”
Mr. Melaye through his lawyer, Rickey Tarfa (SAN), noted that his client’s name as on Form CF001 submitted to INEC is “Melaye Daniel Dino.
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