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General News of Wednesday, 1 November 2023


'The woman who killed a lion' - What Dino Melaye said about Natasha Akpoti

Dino Melaye and Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan Dino Melaye and Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan

Dino Melaye, the governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the upcoming Kogi State elections has described Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan as "a woman who killed a lion" after she was affirmed as Senator for Kogi Central senatorial district of Kogi State.

Melaye, who is in the race to become governor of the state was in a jubilant mood following the verdict by the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal on Tuesday, October 31.

"Natasha: The woman who killed a lion," he captioned a photo he shared on his Instagram page.

On Tuesday, the appellate court affirmed the judgment of the Kogi State National/State Assembly election petitions tribunal, which earlier pronounced Akpoti-Uduaghan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as rightful winner of the February 25 National Assembly elections instead of Abubakar Sadiku-Ohere of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who was earlier declared winner of the exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Dissatisfied with the verdict of the tribunal, Sadiku-Ohere had approached the Court of Appeal seeking respite.

But a three-man panel of Justices of the appellate court affirmed the judgment of the tribunal shortly after it dismissed Sadiku-Ohere’s appeal for lacking in merit.

According to the superior court, the appellant failed to provide convincing evidence why the judgment of the Tribunal should be set aside in his favour.

Justice Hamma Barka of the court subsequently held that Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan PDP, having won the majority of lawful votes cast at the poll, is winner of the Kogi Central Senatorial District poll.