Senator Dino Melaye has referenced “God’s judgment” and “the will of the Father” while reacting to Friday’s ruling of the Court of Appeal which upheld the judgment of the tribunal that nullified his election as the senator representing Kogi West.
In upholding Dino’s sack from the Senate, the appeal court ruled in favour of Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who had challenged the senator’s victory at the tribunal on the grounds of alleged over-voting and other election malpractices.
The tribunal had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election in the senatorial district.
The tribunal’s decision was affirmed on Friday by the court of appeal.
Reacting, Dino waxed biblical about the appeal court’s dismissal of his application, saying “I activate the will of the Father and insist that today is the day of His power.”
He wrote, “Let your hearts not be troubled, believe in God, believe also His prophets. Court judgement is human judgment, I believe in divine, I mean God’s judgment. It is absolutely well.”
“No worries, no tension, no pains. I celebrate God for he is always a good God. At the end, His name will be glorified. He is not a man that He will lie. I’m a winner every time. There is a final verdict and it is the verdict of God. Peace, peace, peace.
“Today, I speak over my life and my household that the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will garrison across our hearts. I am not shaken nor moved. I trust in God completely,” said the embattled senator.
Dino was first elected senator in 2015 to representing Kogi West senatorial district.
The embattled senator, who was re-elected to return as senator in the 9th senator, had sponsored about 20 bills and moved over 30 motions in the 8th Senate.
His loss at the tribunal and appeal court came after initially losing his gubernatorial ambition in a keenly contested primary election of the PDP in Kogi State.
Speaking further on losing his appeal, Dino said he leans not on his own understanding, saying “I acknowledge Him in all my ways, and I am directed of the Lord and led by the Spirit. I see my way through; I walk a path devoid of pitfalls. I look to the Lord my God, and I will not see shame.
“I am delivered from destruction and dereliction. I am saved to serve and strengthened for life. God is merciful to me, and I have received grace of the Lord my God. I have favour. Nothing is against me. Men are favourably disposed to me in every situation.
“I am accepted and not rejected. Nothing blocks my path to success; I am not a failure, and greatness is attracted to me. I activate the will of the Father and insist that today is the day of His power. I am willing; God is at work in me, to will and to do all His good pleasures. I win always. My prayers are answered, and my requests are granted. “My eye is single, and my body is full of light”.
“Sorrows and tears are far from me. I have peace; my struggles cease; my frustrations, fears, and frailties give way; and I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. My tomorrow is greater and better than my yesterday. I shine like the star that I am.
“I am blessed with every blessing heavenly, in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. I am blessed with the blessing of the sand and stars. I increase on all sides. In Jesus’s name, I believe and say amen.”