Kogi West: INEC Declares Smart Adeyemi Winner, Dini Melaye Kicks

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SWITZERLAND, DECEMBER 01 – The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Kogi West senatorial district election, Smart Adeyemi, has defeated Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The Saturday’s election was held in 53 polling units across seven local government areas.

According to the INEC Returning Officer for election, Professor Olayinde Lawal, Smart Adeyemi polled 88,373 to defeat his closest rival, Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party who polled 62,133.

mbassador Rufus Aiyenigba of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) came third in the poll with 659 votes and was trailed by John Olabode and Adeyemi Taiwo of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Nigeria Elements Progressive Party (NEPP) who garnered 262 and 119 votes respectively.

It should be recalled that the tribunal had ordered a fresh election which held on November 16 alongside the state’s gubernatorial election.

The November 16 election was declared inconclusive by INEC on grounds that the number of cancelled votes was higher than the margin between the PDP and APC candidates.

Senator Dino Melaye has already kicked against the outcome of the election, complaining of several irregularities and illegalities.

While collation was going on, he tweeted:

“Im very proud of the electorates in Kogi West. You voted me today but prepared results already in place. We will fight to the end. illegality shall never stand. Magic results everywhere.”

Also, complainiing about the electoral malpractices that went on, Melaye said:

” 16 out of 24 units where supplementary election was conducted today in Kabba/Bunu LG has been cancelled. This speaks volume of the disaster called election. A situation where APC agents were the ones issuing INEC officials result sheets at the pooling units is phenomenal.”

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