Court of Appeal reserves Judgement on Dino Melaye case

The Court of Appeal on Tuesday 23rd September 2019 at Abuja reserved judgment in three separate appeals brought before it by Senator Dino Melaye challenging the decision of the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, which forfeited his election as the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District at the National Assembly.

The appeals were  brought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Dino Melaye himself, praying the appeal court to set aside the majority decision of the tribunal and restore the victory of Dino Melaye.

The Justice who presided over the three-member panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal, Justice Abubakar Datti Yahaya, announced that the date for the delivery of judgement would be communicated to parties as it is yet to be fixed.

Jubrin Okutepa (SAN) who represented the PDP in his final argument appealed to the Court to set aside the majority decision of the tribunal against Melaye on the ground of denial of fair hearing and refusal to evaluate evidence during the hearing of the petition.

PDP claimed that the tribunal was unsuccessful to evaluate the testimonies of its witnesses while no reference was made to all the documentary evidence its supplied.  The party, however on the platform that Dino Melaye contested and won the election, urged the Court of Appeal to follow section 16 of the Court of Appeal Act and dismiss the appeal for lacking in merit.

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