Nigeria’s Court of Appeal on Friday nullified the election of Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, as it confirmed the decision of the Kogi Election Petition Tribunal, which had earlier nullified the election, which brought him back to the Red Chamber on February 23, 2019.
Melaye, who took the initial verdict of the lower court as nothing, had boasted that it would be thrown away at the appeal court, as the reason adduced for the decision was unfounded.
At that time, also, he had equally boasted that even if he left the Upper Legislative Chambers of the National Assembly, to assume the governorship job, which he was sure to win, the Senate seat would remain with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
But with the latest verdict, in which the appellate court ordered for a fresh election against his fiercest opponent, Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the loss of the primaries to contest the governorship election, the controversial Senator, appears to be out in the cold at the moment.
Only on Tuesday, Dino was pictured giving President Muhammadu Buhari the fist salute, a gesture reserved as a mark of respect for a person in greater authority and highly appreciated in the North.
There had been speculations that the Senator, who left the APC in 2018, ahead of the 2019 general elections alongside then Senate President, Bukola Saraki, whose return bid was truncated at the end of the elections, might be trying to worm himself back to the heart of the powers that be at the Presidency.