In a surprising move, the Kogi State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dino Melaye, has stated that he will not challenge the electoral victory of the All Progressives Congress before the state election petition tribunal.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission declared the APC candidate, Usman Ododo, winner of the November 11 governorship election in the state.
Melaye, who came in third in the election, on Wednesday, cited lack of independence in the judiciary, alleging that it is now “a department of the APC.”
This decision comes as a surprise to many, as election petitions are commonplace in Nigeria.
Dino stated, “Judiciary is no longer the last hope of the ordinary people, it is now a department under the All Progressives Congress. Why should any responsible person go to the tribunal when the APC have captured the judiciary?
“I have lost complete confidence in the judiciary.”