Melaye Goes To Appeal Court, List 23 Grounds Of Appeal Against Tribunal Judgement

Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial District has approached the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal urging it to set aside the August 23, 2019 judgement of the Kogi State National and State Houses of Assembly Election Tribunal judgement which nullified his election as the duly elected Senator representing Kogi West at the Senate.

The All Progressives Congress candidate at the election, Senator Smart Adeyemi had earlier petitioned the Election Tribunal, challenging the electoral victory of Senator Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The Tribunal had nullified the election and ordered a fresh poll within 90 days.

But Melaye disagrees with the unanimous decision of the Tribunal and has consequently appealed the judgement at the Court of Appeal on 23 grounds where the Tribunal is said to have erred in law.

According to reports on the Notice of Appeal dated September 5, 2019, Senator Melaye, being the appellant also sought two other reliefs which include an order of the Court of Appeal allowing his appeal; and an order sustaining his objection to the petition or dismissing the petition and confirming his electoral victory.

The appeal, which was filed on behalf of the lawmaker by his counsel, the law firm of Rickey Tarfa (SAN), has Senator Smart Adeyemi, All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as respondents.

Some of the grounds of appeal include whether the person sued at the Tribunal being Senator Dino Melaye is the same as the person who also contested the poll and was declared the winner of the election as contained in Form CF001 – Melaye Daniel Dino.

“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 judgement of the Tribunal was perverse and against the weight of evidence before it,” the Notice of Appeal said among several other issues of law raised.

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