Smart Adeyemi win Kogi West Senatorial district election unseats Dino Melaye
Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has defeated Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
INEC Returning Officer for election, Professor Olayinde Lawal, announced that Smart Adeyemi polled 88,373 to defeat his closest rival, Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party who polled 62,133.
Lawal said Ambassador Rufus Aiyenigba of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) came third in the poll with 659 votes followed 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
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had November 16 election declared inconclusive because the margin between Mr Adeyemi and Mr Melaye is lower than the number of “registered voters in 53 polling units of the 20 registration areas in the zone where elections were cancelled.”
The margin of 20,570 votes between the two candidates was far less than the 43,127 registered voters in the 53 polling units where elections were cancelled. Hence, the rerun.
It should be recalled that the tribunal had ordered a fresh election which held on November 16 alongside the state’s gubernatorial election.