Senator Dino Maleye Finally Replies Sahara Reporters

By Ikenga Chronicles May 31, 2017

Senator Dino Maleye Finally Replies Sahara Reporters

Senator Dino Melaye has sworn that he will make sure that the publisher of Sahara Reporters Omoyele Sowore will be jailed for defamation of character.

This came as Dino denied ever offering bribe to a judge, Akon Ikpeme, who handled the petition brought against the lawmaker’s election in 2015.

Recall that Sahara Reporters had recently published an audio which appeared to contain exchanges between the lawmaker and the judge as they discussed the bribe money.

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In the leaked clip, a male voice believed to be Melaye’s could be heard assuring a female speaker, alleged to be the judge, of his readiness to pay some money, which the female speaker emphasised should be “in USD (United States Dollars)”.

In reaction the controversial senator said “[]It’s]blatant falsehood.”

While denying the voice heard in the audio was his, Melaye said the petition brought by Smart Adeyemi, a former senator, against his election was ultimately dismissed at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, after a similar verdict by the Kogi State National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal headed by Mrs. Ikpeme.

“My case (with Mr. Adeyemi) ended in the Court of Appeal,” Mr. Melaye said. “Let them think of another lie. They are obsessed with me and jealous of my progress. (Omoyele) Sowore will go to jail.”

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The judge Mrs. Ikpeme, had in June 2015 dismissed Adeyemi’s petition against Melaye’s senatorial election as being “incurably defective.”

But the Court of Appeal in Abuja, in July 2015, set aside that ruling and ordered a re-trial.

The appeal court then held that the tribunal was wrong in striking out Adeyemi’s petition on technicalities, instead of substantial justice, and therefore, ruled that the case be resent to the tribunal for “trial on merit”.

Again, the Ikpeme-led tribunal upheld Melaye’s election in October 2015 for lacking in merit.

In December 2015, the Appeal court upheld the tribunal’s second verdict, thereby ending  Adeyemi’s hope of returning to the Senate.