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Election : At last, INEC declares Buhari, Melaye, others winner

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Dino Melaye intensify reelection campaign

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Senator Dino Melaye, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for West Senatorial District winner in the just concluded senatorial election in kogi state.

Senator Melaye that got a total number of 84,797 votes to beat his political arch rival, Senator Smart Adeyemi who scored a total of 67,471 votes to the second position.

The retuning officer, Professor Emmanuel Bala in his address said Senator Melaye won six out of seven local government councils in Kogi West senatorial district of the state.

Both Melaye and Adeyemi are from Ijumu local government council. While Senator Smart Adeyemi is from Iyara in Ijumu, Senator Dino Melaye is from Ayetoro-Gbede also in Ijumu local government council.

It could be recalled that in 2015 senatorial election in the state, Melaye defeated Adeyemi as then member of the APC, while Adeyemi was then a serving Senator on the platform of PDP.

Both Senator Melaye and Adeyemi are from Ijumu local government council. While Senator Smart Adeyemi is from Iyara in Ijumu, Senator Dino Melaye is from Ayetoro-Gbede in the same council.

Equally, the electoral umpire (INEC) has declared the Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Yakubu Oseni as winner of the just concluded Kogi Central Senatorial election.

Oseni who was the Chairman of Kogi State Internal Revenue Service, won four out of five local government areas in the district, defeating the incumbent Senator Ahmed Ogembe of PDP, and Social Democratic Party(SDP) candidate, Barrister Natasha Akpoti.

Announcing the result, INEC returning officer for the senatorial district, Professor Patrick Amidu Audu of the Federal University, Lokoja, disclosed that the APC candidate polled 76,120 votes to beat his closest rival Natasha Akpoti of the Social Democratic (SDP) who polled a total of 48,326 votes.

Senator Ogembe who came a distant third, polled a total of 19,359 votes.

While the Central and West senatorial districts election produced winners, that of Kogi East District have been declared inconclusive due to violence in some polling units in the district.

According to the returning officer, Professor Rotimi Ajayi of the Federal University, Lokoja bye- election will be observed in 129 polling units in a date to be announced by the commission, while announcing the result at the Senatorial collation Centre, Idah; even as he said Jibrin Isah Echocho of APC scored 113,772; Aidoko Ali, PDP received 69,131 and Victor Adoji of ADC got 30,696 votes.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has polled 285, 894 votes in to defeat his main challenger, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who scored 218,207 votes in the presidential election in kogi state.

The presidential election results that was declared by the Kogi State Collation Officer, Processor Michael Adikwu of the University of Abuja, shows that Buhari won in 14 out of the 21 LGAs of the state while Atiku shines in seven councils.Buhari led Atiku with a margin of 67,687 votes.
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However, the Kogi State Chapter of the Social Democratic Party, has rejected the result of the elections in the central senatorial district, saying that the figures claimed to have been scored by Natasha Apoti for the Central Senatorial District was doctored and therefore unacceptable.

According to the state SDP Chairman, Muktar Atimah, the party does not believe in the said election results,as released by INEC, describing it as an election marred by a lot of irregularities.

” The Kogi state governor turned himself to an electoral officer, moving round and collecting form EC8A from one polling unit to another and filling it himself

”The action of the governor is laughable as the accreditation by the card readers did not tally with the vote cast, so how can such results hold.

” This is not an election because he cannot use his position, those of his aides and security agencies to intimidate people”, he expressed.

The SDP Chairman therefore called on the members of SDP and the supporters of Natasha Apoti to remain calm, as the purported results that was allocated to SDP cannot stand.

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