BY SEGUN ADEBAYO – Despite the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s declaration of Saturday’s Kogi West Senatorial District rerun as inconclusive, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Dino Melaye, has outrightly rejected the poll results
Describing them as ‘magic results’, Melaye accused his All Progressives Congress (APC) opponent, Senator Smart Adeyemi, and Governor Yahaya Bello of using violence, intimidation and inducement to frustrate the electorate in areas where he is popular.
However, the electoral umpire said a new date will soon be announced for the supplementary poll to address observable issues of violence and disruption of proceedings witnessed during the November 16 election in the Senatorial District.
According to official results released by INEC, Senator Smart Adeyemi of APC polled 80,118 while Senator Dino Melaye of PDP scored 59,548.
Returning Officer (RO) for the election, Professor Olayide Lawal said a winner is yet to emerge as the number of voters affected by cancelation and disruption is greater than the votes difference between the two leading candidates
The University lecturer in declaring the election as inconclusive, said supplementary election will be conducted to decide the eventual winner of the race.
Records available from INEC indicate that about 53 polling units and 46,127 registered voters were affected which is more than the 20,570 margin between the two contenders.
But insisting that he won the election squarely and fairly, Melaye expressed surprised that despite the level of violence and the reports of abduction of INEC officials and National Youth Corps Service members, who served as ad hoc staff, the commission still collated and announced ‘fictitious results’, that are not acceptable by him as they did not reflect the realities of the situation
INEC’s breakdown of both parties’ performance in the seven Local Government Areas (LGAs) are as follows:
APC – 15,037
PDP – 8,974
APC – 11,627
PDP – 7,647
Kogi/Koton Karfe LGA
APC – 14,168
PDP – 3,704
Yagba East LGA
APC – 6,683
PDP – 7,745
Yagba West LGA
APC – 7,941
PDP – 8,980
APC – 19,788
PDP – 12,712