Earlier in August, the National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal had declared that Melaye did not win the Saturday, February 23, 2019 Senatorial election for a second term in the upper legislative chamber.
The Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the lower Tribunal and ordered a rerun election.
Melaye confirmed this via his twitter account on Friday:
I just lost my election at the Appeal Court and Fresh election ordered. In all things I give God the Praise. He who started a good thing will definitely complete it. I ask my supporters to be law abiding as we shall always overcome. To God be the Glory.
— Senator Dino Melaye. (SDM) (@dino_melaye) October 11, 2019