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Tribunal Sacks Dino Melaye, Orders Fresh Election

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The National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lokoja on Friday sacked Senator Dino Melaye as the Senator for Kogi West.

In its judgement, the tribunal ordered that fresh elections should be held in the senatorial district.

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Tribunal upholds Ikpeazu’s election, dismisses Alex Otti’s petition

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The three-man panel of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, and chaired by Justice A.L. Ogumoye, has dismissed the petition filed by 2019 APGA gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Alex Otti against the declaration of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu.

The tribunal ruled that the petitioner failed to prove the case of over-voting, non-compliance to the INEC election guideline and electoral act.

Recall that Alex Otti had asked the tribunal to cancel fifteen out of the seventeen local government areas’ election results in Abia State.

Otti claimed that the respondents, PDP, and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu who was the governorship candidate of PDP perpetrated excessive malpractice in those LGAs in the last March 9, 2019, election conducted in the state.

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Dino Melaye Turns Down PDP Appointment In Kogi, Says Truth Is Casualty In Party

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Senator Dino Melaye has rejected his appointment as the director-general of the Kogi State Governorship Campaign Council by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Melaye expressed his rejection of the appointment via his Twitter handle, @dino_melaye, on Friday.

He said though the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, had told journalists that he would be the director-general of PDP’s governorship campaign council in Kogi’s forthcoming governorship election, he was not willing to lead the campaign.

“Let me categorically say that I have turned down the position of Director-General of the PDP Kogi State Governorship Campaign Council. I wish PDP all the best. When truth is a casualty there is chaos. Senator Dino Melaye.” 

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Former minister, Jummai Alhassan ‘Mama Taraba’ decamps to PDP

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The former Minister of Women Affairs, Jummai Alhassan a.k.a Mama Taraba has decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from United Democratic party (UDP).

The former cabinet member of President Buhari’s administration made the announcement after a stakeholders meeting of the UDP held in her Jalingo residence, months after contesting in the 2019 Taraba State governorship election on the party’s platform. 

Speaking after the meeting which was attended by representatives of UDP members from 168 wards across the 16 local government areas of the state, Mama Taraba said her defection to PDP was based on the outcome of the opinion poll during stakeholders meeting.

Daily Trust reported that she said she had no option than to go by the decision of the majority members of UDP and decamp to PDP.

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