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 Maleye 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 alleged bribe money.
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 a reaction however, the controversial Senator said it “(It’s a) 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.”
The Judge, Mrs. Ikpeme, had in June 2015, dismissed Adeyemi’s petition against Melaye’s Senatorial election, as being “incurably defective.”
However, 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.
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