Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, has described political opponent, Senator Smart Adeyemi as his ‘political wife’, assuring his teeming supporters that he would upturn the decision of the Tribunal at the Appeal Court.

Melaye stated this in an interview with Channels Television on Friday, after the Kogi State National Assembly and State Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal sacked him as the Senator representing Kogi West district and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct fresh election.

A three-man panel of the Tribunal led by Justice Anthony Chijioke had ordered a fresh election in the senatorial district in a split judgment yesterday.

Melaye, who contested the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said he was not worried by the judgment, boasting he had always defeated Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“I want to assure you that Smart Adeyemi is my political wife. I defeated him in 2015, I defeated him in 2019 and any day any time, he is my political wife.

“I want to say that I cannot be distracted and I will not be distracted. My name is Daniel; I will not fall … I am focused on my governorship ambition and we will get it.

“The only time there will be election for the seat of the Senate in Kogi West is after I am sworn in as the governor of Kogi State.

“That will necessitate vacancy but before then, there will be no by-election as a result of attempted robbery that is going on right now.

“Spiritually, we are already in the court of appeal; physically we will be there on Monday. The only election that will be conducted is the governorship election that I will win. My mandate is secured, my mandate is guaranteed,” Melaye assured.