Tri­bunal up­holds Sen­a­tor Me­laye’s elec­tion

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

The Na­tional Assem­bly Elec­tion Pe­ti­tion Tri­bunal sit­ting in Lokoja, Kogi State, yesterday up­held the elec­tion of Sen­a­tor Dino Me­laye rep­re­sent­ing Kogi West Sen­a­to­rial Dis­trict at the up­per cham­ber.

Sen­a­tor Smart Adeyemi had gone to the tri­bunal where he chal­lenged the elec­tion of Dino Me­laye as the sen­a­tor in the March 28 Na­tional Assem­bly elec­tion, say­ing the elec­tion was fraught with ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and that Me­laye did not par­tic­i­pate in the pri­mary elec­tion of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC).

But the Tri­bunal Chair­man, Jus­tice Akon Ikpeme, in her rul­ing which lasted about two hours faulted all the five grounds upon which the pe­ti­tioner (Smart Adeyemi) hinged his case, and thereby dis­missed the pe­ti­tion for lack of merit.

She held that the pe­ti­tioner was un­able to prove his case be­yond rea­son­able doubt. Chair­man of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), Dr. Bello Haliru Mo­hammed, has com­mended the ap­point­ment of for­mer Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan as Head of the Com­mon­wealth Ob­server Group to the forth-com­ing elec­tions in Tan­za­nia.

Dr Mo­hammed, in a state­ment is­sued and signed yesterday by Mr. Emeka Nwankpa, his Spe­cial As­sis­tant, Media, de­scribed the ap­point­ment as a ma­jor pos­i­tive fall­out of the sat­is­fac­tion by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity that the for­mer PDP-led ad­min­is­tra­tion in the coun­try left be­hind a legacy of cred­i­ble elec­tions wor­thy of em­u­la­tion by other in­cum­bent lead­ers in the con­ti­nent.

He said the choice of for­mer Pres­i­dent Jonathan to lead the high-pow­ered ob­server group of the Com­mon­wealth to Tan­za­nia elec­tions is an over­whelm­ing in­ter­na­tional endorsement of his ster­ling demo­cratic cre­den­tials and also a val­i­da­tion of the true demo­cratic con­tent of the PDP which the for­mer pres­i­dent led in the last elec­tions in the coun­try.

Dr. Bello urged politi­cians in the coun­try to see for­mer Pres­i­dent Jonathan’s ap­point­ment as leader of the Com­mon­wealth Ob­server Group as a wake-up call and a wor­thy re­ward for plac­ing per­sonal in­ter­est above na­tional in­ter­est.

Mean­while, the PDP BoT Chair­man has ex­pressed shock over the death of the first Ex­ec­u­tive Gover­nor of Bayelsa State, Chief D.S.P Alamieyeseigha, de­scrib­ing it as painful and a big loss to the peo­ple of the state and the na­tion in gen­eral.

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari; Vice Pres­i­dent Prof. Yemi Os­in­bajo; Some State Gover­nors and oth­ers af­ter the Pre­sen­ta­tion of re­ports on en­vi­ron­men­tal au­dit on the dry­ing-up of Lake Chad, to the Pres­i­dent, held at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa Abuja yesterday.

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