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Kogi West: Tribunal reserves judgement in Melaye’s suit over Adeyemi’s Victory

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The Kogi State Elections Petition Tribunal has held on to its judgment on the petition filed by Senator Dino Melaye against the result of the Kogi West Senatorial rerun election.

This newspaper reports that Melaye is challenging the election declared by INEC which announced Senator Smart Adeyemi as the winner of the election.

According to reports gathered the three-member panel of the tribunal led by Justice Sambo, however, reserved the judgment 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.

The tribunal, after listening to the adopted final briefs of arguments, reserved judgement, adding that the counsels involved will be communicated.

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