Dino Melaye kicks as tribunal sacks him from Senate

Senator Dino Melaye of Kogi West has kicked against the ruling of an election tribunal which sacked him from the Senate.He has also said he would appeal against the ruling.

Melaye described the ruling of the Kogi West Election Tribunal, nullifying his electoral victory in the March 22, 2019 National Assembly elections and ordering for a fresh election, as a total miscarriage of justice.

“The judgement is full of importation of informations that are alien to the case”

“I however commend the courage and moral strength of the chairman of the tribunal for resisting evil and standing on the path of justice”

“I have confidence in the Appeal Court to right the wrongs contained in the pronouncements of the judgement”

“I also want to tell those jubilating that their jubilation will be short-lived while appealing to my teeming supporters to remain calm as their mandate is safe and secured and cannot be taken through any mischievous means”

“However, our legal team is already working on appealing the judgment and I assure all that justice will prevail.”

Melaye did not jump out of a moving vehicle- Witness tells court

A Prosecution witness told an FCT High Court that Sen. Dino Melaye did not jump out of a moving vehicle on April 24, 2018

A police driver with the Inspector-General of Police Special Tactical Squad, Inspector Abana Mallum, while testifying, said:”anyone who said Melaye jumped out through the window, is a liar.”

Melaye, who represents Kogi West senatorial district in the National Assembly, is charged before Justice Sylvanus Oriji, sitting in Apo,, by the police with six counts bordering on attempted suicide, attempt to escape from custody and damage of police property.

He was said to have committed the alleged offence on April 24, 2018 while being conveyed by the police to Lokoja, Kogi.

The police alleged that Melaye sat on the ground, holding a substance in one hand, threatening to drink it to kill himself and implicate police officers.

He was further alleged to have broken the windshield of the vehicle in which he was being conveyed to Lokoja with his elbow and caused damage to police property.

The offence, the prosecution said contravened the provisions of sections 148,153,173,231, 326 and 327 of the Penal Code.

The witness, made this known while being cross examined by counsel for Melaye, Benson Igbanoi, who held the brief of Dr Mike Ozekhome,SAN.

He stated that the police team conveying Melaye to Lokoja took off from the Abattoir office of the IGP squad and was intercepted at the Area 1 roundabout in Abuja by a Hilux van.

Mallum, who testified as the second prosecution witness (PW2), informed the court that the bus he was driving was blocked by an unknown van that someone in the bus forcefully opened the door.

He said Melaye was seated in the second row on the left side of the vehicle.

He said that there were six other policemen, including the team leader, ASP Sunday Ibrahim.

The witness told the court that he did not see the senator holding a gun at the scene of interception by the Hilux van.

Mallum, however told the court that Melaye held something in his hand but he could not identify what it was.

” I don’t know where he got the thing from,” he said.

The police inspector further informed the court that the police team chased the Hilux van caught up with it at the Yar’Adua Centre.

“We caught up with them near Yar’Adua Centre.

“Some of them ran into the bush behind the National Mosque. Only one person was eventually arrested there.

“I don’t know the name of that person. I don’t know if that person was charged to court for any offence. I don’t know how many of them escaped; I only know one was arrested.

“Anyone who says three person were arrested, that person is telling lie,” Mallum told the court.

Meanwhile, Justice Oriji has adjourned till May 28, for continuation of hearing.(NAN)

Elections: Adeyemi, Ogembe, Akpoti file petitions against Dino Melaye, others

By Kola Adeyemi

#TrackNigeria: nSen. Smart Adeyemi, Miss Natasha Akpoti and Sen. Ahmed Ogembe have filed petitions against the conduct and outcome of the national assembly elections held in Kogi State on Feb. 23.

The Secretary of the Kogi State Election Petitions Tribunal, Mrs Aisha Mana confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lokoja.

Mana said that the petitions, filed by Adeyemi, Akpoti and Ogembe, were among the 10 received by the tribunal from aggrieved candidates who participated in the election.

NAN recalls that while Adeyemi contested on the platforms of the APC, Akpoti and Ogembe contested the election on the platforms of the SDP and PDP.

While Adeyemi, a two-term former Senator lost to his closest rival, Sen. Dino Melaye in the Kogi-West senatorial district, both Natasha and Ogembe contested and lost the senatorial election in Kogi-Central to Mr Yakubu Oseni of APC.

Others who have also filed their petitions at the tribunal include Mrs Habiba Muhammed Deen of the PDP, who lost the Ankpa-Omala-Olamaboro Federal Constituency election to Mr Abdulahi Ibrahim of the APC, and Mr Emmanuel Egwu, also of the PDP, who lost the Idah-Ibaji-Igalamela Federal Constituency election to Mr David Zacharis of the APC.

Others are: Mr Abimbola Henry Tuesday of the APC, who lost the Yagba Federal Constituency election to Mr Leke Abejide of the SDP, Mr Onimisi Itopa of the PDP, who lost the Okene-Ogori Magongo Federal Constituency election to Mr Bello Joseph Asuku of the APC, and Mr Wemi Jones Ojo of the APC, who is challenging the election of Mr Tajudeen Yusuf of the PDP as the Representative-elect for Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency.

Also, Mr Ibrahim Shaba Isah of the PDP is also contesting the election of Mr Abdulkareem Usman Wambai of APC as the Representative-elect for the Lokoja-Kogi Federal Constituency seat and Mr Lawal Idrissu of the PDP, who is protesting the election of the APC candidate for the Ajaokuta Federal Constituency.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the petitions.

The Secretary reiterated that the tribunal will hold its sittings in Abuja as earlier announced, urging security agencies and other stakeholders to take note. (NAN)

Adoke denies sending congratulatory message to Dino

#TrackNigeria -Former Minister of Justice, Mr.Mohammed Bello Adoke has denied sending any congratulatory message to Senator Dino Melaye from Kogi State.

Adoke who disowned  the congratulatory message which  posted on Facebook  said  it did not emanate from him.

The former minister issued the disclaimer  through a statement by  Victor Iorshenge, for Equity Law Partners his solicitors on Tuesday.

According to Adoke’s solicitors: “The attention of Mr. Mohammed  Bello Adoke SAN ( Our Client) has been drawn to a  congratulatory  massage to Senator Dino Malaye  on Facebook purportedly posted by him.

:This is to inform the general public and all Facebook users that our client does not own or operate a Facebook account and that  the said congratulatory massage did not emanate from him. 

“Our Client  therefore calls on the general public and Facebook users to disregard the said Facebook posting in its entirety as it is nothing but  the handiwork of fraudsters and  mischief makers.  

“Our Client  has since 2015 when he left public office maintained a personal policy of refraining from commenting on issues related to Nigerian politics and  this has not changed. 

“Our client has taken  appropriate steps to bring this infraction and illegality to  the attention of Facebook for immediate remedial action.

Dino Melaye wins Kogi West Senate seat

By Kola Adeyemi

#TrackNigeria: Sen. Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party ((PDP) has been declared winner of the Kogi West Senatorial election held on Feb. 23.

The Returning Officer, Prof. Emmanuel Bala announced in the early hours of Monday in Lokoja that Melaye polled 85, 395 votes to defeat Sen. Smart Adeyemi of the APC who scored 66, 901 votes.

Also, Alhaji Abdulkarim Isah – Wambai of the APC has been declared winner of the House of Representatives election for Lokoja-Koto federal constituency.

The returning officer, Prof. Muhammed Suleiman said that Wambai scored 37, 656 votes to beat Mr Shaba Ibrahim of PDP who polled 33,662 votes. (NAN)