Fidelity bank banner NewsExpress advert
APC crisis: Senator Melaye alleges plot by Tinubu to compromise Appeal Court Justices

By Achiever Peterson, Abuja on 06/07/2015

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 2,316


The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) after the election of key officers in the National Assembly got messier yesterday.

The Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, alleged that the national leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and immediate-past Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN), have decided to close ranks and unite against him in his case at the election tribunal.

Melaye told journalists that a senior editor in Abuja close to Tinubu has allegedly forwarded the legal brief filed by a former President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and former chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Smart Adeyemi to Adoke, asking the ex-AGF to look for a Judge in the Court of Appeal that would “offer assistance.”

The lawmaker was said to have incurred the wrath of Tinubu after refusing to back down from supporting the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, during the recently concluded election of leaders in the 8th National Assembly.

“I have no regret supporting Senator Saraki and my electoral victory was ordained by God and not by man; therefore, no mortal can reverse it. In God I trust, no matter how desperate they might be. I am privy to an electronic mail sent to Adoke by an Abuja-based senior editor who is close to Tinubu in which he forwarded the court papers filed by Smart Adeyemi at the tribunal to Adoke. In the said e-mail, Adoke was told to look for a trusted Justice in the Court of Appeal who would be useful for Smart Adeyemi,” he said.

The Election Petition Tribunal in Lokoja had upheld the election of Melaye who was elected on the platform of the APC.

The Tribunal had dismissed the petition filed by Adeyemi for lacking in merit.

Delivering judgment in the suit, chairman of the three-member tribunal, Justice Akon Ikpeme, had described the petition by Adeyemi, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as “incurably defective.”

According to Justice Ikpeme, the petition ran contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended).

The judge held that election petition matters were time-bound and do not permit resorting to time wasting, adding that replying out of time as stipulated in the Electoral Act is a sign of abandonment and, therefore, cannot be entertained.

She said findings have shown that there is no alternative to dismissing the petition from the petitioner, having gone through all the processes and seen that the reply to preliminary objection was filed out of the stipulated time and that pursuing the matter would be a mere academic exercise.

“In the final analysis, we find and hold that this petition is incompetent for the reason that the reply to the preliminary objection was out of time on the matter which this tribunal is not vested with jurisdiction to continue,” she said.

Adeyemi had taken Melaye to the National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal in Lokoja, citing alleged irregularities in the conduct of the election as well as the result declared by INEC on March 28, 2015.

The conclusion of the Judge was that “the case be dismissed as abandoned.”

Over 131 legal practitioners including Messers Ricky Terfa (SAN); Femi Falana (SAN) and civil rights activist, Festus Keyamo, have offered free legal services to Senator-elect for Kogi West Senatorial District, Otunba Dino Melaye.

Melaye defeated Adeyemi and was subsequently given certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

But when contacted, the Media Adviser to Tinubu, Mr. Sunday Dare described Melaye's allegation as baseless, saying Tinubu has neither seen nor spoken with Adoke for long.

“This is another lie from their kitchen of malicious lies. They are all over the social and traditional media spewing lies and planting stories. We are not about that. Nigerians are not as gullible as they think. They will not succeed because the APC belongs to the Nigerian people. This blackmail like other ones will not work. It cannot stick. Adokie? Who is he? Tinubu cannot recall when last he saw him or even spoke with him,” Dare said.

•Photo shows Melaiye.

Source News Express

Posted 06/07/2015 05:27:40 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25 minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

 

You may also like...
NIMASA raises alarm over fake employment exercise

EFCC presents another witness against ex-Jigawa Governor in...

Fallout of offensive goal celebration: West Brom sack...

It’s too late to actualise Biafra — Igbo...

750 cattle rustlers, kidnappers renounce violence in Kaduna...

Obi saves $100 million for Anambra and additional...

Rivers PDP dismisses Wechie’s confession, berates APC •Says...

Building Collapse: You have case to answer, court...

CBN boosts Forex Market with $210m

Revealed: Boko Haram still has 6,000 fighters “ready...

Traders shut down Onitsha over ban on drugs...

Court orders INEC to accept Jimoh Ibrahim as...

 

Latest News Biafra Referendum: 40 million ballot papers ready -- IPOB 20 German firms seek investments in Nigeria Umahi, commissioner bicker over re-naming of street Farmers/herders clashes: Katsina commences demarcation of cattle routes EFCC nabs school operator for awarding fake degree certificates Fidelity Bank launches FlashKey; an innovative phone keyboards payments solution FG orders MDAs, FIRS to authenticate Tax Certificates before payment to contractors Judge’s death stalls trial in N250m libel suit Public Service Reforms: Bayelsa seeks support from whistleblowers Alleged N1.6bn Money Laundering: Jonathan’s former aide asks court to dismiss trial NEMA workers protest poor condition of service, redundancy Ohafia stakeholders re-affirm support for Abia Deputy Governor

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (352,001 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (351,196 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (279,925 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (229,850 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (208,903 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (208,489 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (181,619 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (163,668 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (153,776 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (148,412 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (143,694 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (135,540 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (50) Business & Economy (3,254) Business Verdict (44) Columnists (868) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (505) Features (607) Global Business Monitor (283) International (2,037) Interview (154) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (123) News (36,326) Opinion (1,003) Pidgin (10) Politics (5,283) Religion (770) Sports (1,551) Stock Watch (30) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

Portugal v Spain 2018

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement