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Kogi West: Tribunal Reserves Judgement In Melaye’s Petition Against Adeyemi

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The National Assembly Election Tribunal has reserved the judgement on the petition filed by to challenge ’s Victory as Kogi West Senator.

Kogi West: Tribunal Reserves Judgement In Melaye's Petition Against Adeyemi
Kogi West: Tribunal Reserves Judgement In Melaye’s Petition Against Adeyemi

Dino Melaye had challenged the result of the election declared by which saw Smart Adeyemi emerge as Senator representing the constituency.

VANGUARD reports that the three-member panel of the tribunal led by Justice Sambo, however, reserved the judgement after the parties had adopted their final written addresses.

Adopting the address, Prof Egbewole asked the court to grants his prayers and declare Melaye as winner based on the alleged evidence that the petitioners had the majority of lawful vote with 46,649 votes against INEC and APC which hold 43,543 votes.

Prof. Egbewole, however, said though the figure was different from the one they pleaded in court against INEC, but submitted that their prayers should still be considered.

Barr. Chris Alashe, counsel to 1st respondents (INEC) asked the court to dismiss the case in ‘adumbration”, stating there was no evidence to the figure brought by the Petitioner, hence, the case be dismissed in its entirety.

Counsel to Senator Smart Adeyemi who was the second respondents, Dr. Otitoju Oladapo, urged the tribunal to look into his objections to the Petitioner’s prayer contained in his final written addresses, “We seek to adopt that your Lordships to dismiss this petition. We also filed on the points of law to tendering of documents, urged you to dismiss the petition for lacking in merit and substance.

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