Election Petition: Falana, Rickey Tarfa, 126 other lawyers offer Dino Melaye free legal service

Dino Melaye

A team of Nigerian lawyers, numbering about 128, have offered to defend Senator-elect, Dino Melaye, who won the Kogi West Senatorial District election, but whose victory is now been challenged by his Peoples Democratic Party’s opponent, Smart Adeyemi, at the state election tribunal.

Among the lawyers who have offered free legal service to Mr. Melaye are Femi Falana, Rickey Tarfa and Festus Keyamo, and other 126 laywers.

Mr. Melaye revealed the offer of pro bono legal service to him to PREMIUM TIMES

Mr. Adeyemi, who is the incumbent Senator representing Kogi West in the Nigerian upper legislative chamber, contested the March 28 election as the candidate of the PDP.

Mr. Melaye was candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had returned Mr. Melaye winner of the election, with 41,120 votes as against Mr. Adeyemi’s 38,148.

However, dissatisfied with the outcome, the PDP candidate dragged his APC challenger before the tribunal sitting in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, alleging irregularities in the conduct of the election as well as the result declared by INEC.

In the petition filed by his counsel, J. O. Olatoke, Mr. Adeyemi averred he won the election, arguing he scored majority of lawful votes.

“Melaye was declared the winner of the election because of wrong and/or incorrect computation of lawful votes cast and intentional omission of collating results of the polling units won by the petitioners and counting of spoilt ballots,” Mr. Adeyemi said.

Further, he prayed the tribunal to hold that Mr. Melaye was also not qualified as at the time of the election to contest for the Kogi West Senatorial District by reason of substantial non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), and therefore sought for his disqualification as the candidate for the election.

“This is not a matter of boast, I have defeated him and I will also defeat him, even if election is conducted 100 times, provided the election is free and fair,” Mr. Melaye said on Friday.

Mr. Keyamo confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES he has offered pro bono legal service to Mr. Melaye in defence of the challenge from Mr. Adeyemi.

Mr. Falana could not be reached for comments. He did not answer or return calls.


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  • Hassan Lawal

    Up Dino,am sure you’ll beat him again.The went to the Senate to fight for and defend GEJ,while he abandoned his people at home.Is that how to win a free and fair election? He should go back to journalism! even that one too don step up o!

  • Haruna Suleiman

    Carry on Dino sarkin magana, mu na bayan ka!

    • Eze Ukachukwu

      That is, carry go, Mr trouble maker, we are behind you

  • Eze Ukachukwu

    Still politics. Even one thousand lawyers wont be adequate if there is fraud

  • No nonsense


    The 2015 elections exposed these charlatans for what they really are –
    hypocrites of the highest order – which no nation desiring progress
    should ever have. For now and all of a sudden, neither FESTUS KEYAMO
    nor FEMI FALANA or DINO MELAYE himself; all of them self-described as
    civil rights and human rights activists, know anything anymore about
    simple truth, simple law, logic, or common sense; and have been hiding
    their heads in the sands since December 2014, because democracy
    for them is what they can gain personally into their own pockets as cash.
    They cannot even ask this national question which will affect them; viz:
    BUHARI SHOW YOUR CERTIFICATE. They barefacedly evade the issue,
    by pretending never to have heard of it, but now want to throng in thousand
    over a localized election in Kogi west senatorial zone. Hypocrites all!

    • Royce

      Which part of the world are you from? “Buhari show your certificate” how dumb do you hear your self sound? The same Army that was compromised into partisan by this corrupt administration? Didn’t you read that the army secretary alleging that Buhari certificate is now with them after he won the election. what does does that tell your low level weak brain?

      • campol

        Did Buhari tell you that?

      • MIKO


        • Contact Point

          Cry no more or better still look for one of those your GEJ locomotive train and hug a moving one.

      • omolomo

        It’s the usual APC e-rats fabricated lies. No army secretary ever acknowledged having Buhari ‘s certificate. Be honest with yourself and then others.

    • citizenka

      APC or Pdp na den sabi!
      Please teach me how to do this your graphic thing.

      • agbaso

        I think there is site for it. Somebody too was asking the other day

        • citizenka

          Thank you.

    • MIKO


      • Contact Point

        Good that he is your broda and not your brother

    • Contact Point

      You are talking absolute rubbish. Am aware you silly blind looters are yet to comprehend that you have lost the election and a new order is to be in place soon. PDP will remaining in opposition for more than 16 years because their track record won’t bring them back to Aso Rock. Its you that is the biggest hypocrite. Nonsense.

    • bikky

      Tell us the truth you know in the country and how it applicable to you. I don’t know you but I believe you are among the people that say yes for rat and yes for bird,unstable bible called them and they can never make anything out of life. Have you ever in public for once raise up your hand in defence of another person but you are quickly in condemning those who do.

  • naijaborn

    Let the will of the people prevail……

  • Magenta

    Dino add one more lawyer Barr Magenta ie 127

  • id

    Smart has failed! Losser!!

  • segun


  • ceecee

    I remember this guy Dino holding rallies against waste and corruption in government. Now he has been given the platform to fight the mess, I expect to see him in the real war front. Starting with the salaries and allowances of the lawmakers will prove his sincerity.

  • Omolomo

    Dino Melaye, one of the National Assembly looters, forging his way to the Senate this time aroudn. Big trouble dey for Naija.

  • bikky

    Smart Adeyemi has failed to be smart enough to help downtroddens that elected him twice and now the money he supposed to used for betterment of his constituency people is what he will be spent on legal tussle that he will never win,let somebody advise this journalist turned politician to go back to his people and God to ask for forgiveness because poverty is imminent for him. Dino please ride on to victory as tribunal will throw both smart and his requests to dustbin. So Dino never forget masses both at home and in the country,continue to fight for their rights even within your party because APC is not better off but individuals.