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Kogi West: Appeal Court dissolves Dino Melaye’s suit against Adeyemi

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Senator Dino Melaye has lost the bid to return to the Senate, about eight months after he was defeated in the Kogi West senatorial district election.

He contested the November 2019 poll on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and lost to Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Senator Melaye had filed a suit at the Court of Appeal to challenge the judgement of the Kogi State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal which affirmed the election of Senator Adeyemi.

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He asked the court to upturn the decision of the Tribunal that declared Senator Adeyemi as the winner of the election.

A three-man panel of justices of the appellate court, however, dismissed the suit in its judgement delivered on Tuesday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

L-R: A photo combination of Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Smart Adeyemi.

Melaye Fined
Justice Ibrahim Saulawa who led the other judges and delivered the judgement held that the appeal filed by Melaye was incompetent.

He added that all seven issues raised in the appeal were resolved against the appellant with a cost of N50,000 awarded against him.

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The Kogi State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal had dismissed the petition filed by Melaye for lacking in merit in its judgement delivered in Abuja on June 10, 2020.

It held that the witnesses presented by Melaye failed to prove the allegations of over-voting, unlawful votes, and the various electoral infractions listed in the petition.

Two weeks after the people of Kogi West senatorial district went to the poll, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Senator Adeyemi as the winner of the November 16, 2019 election.

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The APC candidate polled 88,373 votes to beat his PDP rival who scored 62,133 votes.

A screengrab of the result of the Kogi West Senatorial District election released by INEC.

Ambassador 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.

Following his victory at the poll, Adeyemi was inducted into the Senate and replaced Melaye as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aviation.


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Alaafin of Oyo welcomes first child with youngest Olori Damilola {Photos}


Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III has welcomed another child at 81 years old. The Oyo king welcomed the newborn child with his youngest wife, Queen Damilola.

The Oba and his youngest wife gave birth to a baby boy. The new wife of the Oba shared the photos of her little prince on her Instagram page to celebrate him.

In the Instagram photo, the little prince was seen wrapped in a shawl while he was soundly at sleep. The queen also shared a photo of herself while she was still pregnant with her baby boy.

Queen Damilola was seen in the photo with her baby bump dressed in a purple mesh flowing gown paired with a crown.

The queen captioned her post with words of thanks to God for the arrival of her baby boy. She also congratulated herself and said the son of the king has finally arrived.


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Senate replaces Dino Melaye With Adeyemi as ‘Aviation committee chairman’.

… adjourned

The Senate on Friday held a special plenary to pass the Federal Capital Territory 2020 budget, which is N273.255bn

The upper chamber, thereafter, adjourned till January 28, 2020.

Before the adjournment, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, named Senator Smart Adeyemi, as the Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation to replace Dino Melaye.

The Senate would have adjourned on Thursday (yesterday) but shelved plenary in honour of the late Senator representing Imo North Senatorial district, Benjamin Uwajumogu.

Details later…

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Dino is not a good representation of the people of Kogi West – Adeyemi

Senator Smart Adeyemi has taken a swipe at Senator Dino Melaye, his closest rival in the just concluded Kogi West district senatorial election.

Reacting to his victory in the poll, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate berated his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) opponent for his kind of person.

“Dino is not a good representation of the people of Kogi West,” said Adeyemi.

He added, “I am sure that no Nigerian would want to have somebody like Dino as a Senator. May Nigeria never have the kind of Dino as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Senator Adeyemi was returned elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the Kogi West senatorial district election after polling the highest number of votes.

Announced the results on Saturday last week in Kogi, the Returning Officer for the election Professor Olajide Lawal said Senator Adeyemi scored of 88,373 votes to beat Senator Melaye got 62,133 votes.

Ambassador 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.

Senator Melaye has since rejected the outcome of the election, alleging that he was robbed while his life was in danger.

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But Senator Adeyemi denied the claims by his PDP rival, stressing that he got the mandate to return to the Senate at the free will of the people.

Rather, he accused Senator Melaye of failing the people of the senatorial district and that he was voted out because the people wanted a change.

“Dino has never worked anywhere before, he was on the street. How can he claim to have been in politics before me,” the APC candidate questioned.

He added, “Dino did nothing since he has been there rather than buying cars and showing to the Nigerian people.

“I won the election based on the conviction of the Nigerian people, people of my senatorial district, and people of my state that the time had come for them to effect a change.”

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Dino melaye slams Adeyemi’s well wishers as he release new song.. says “congratulating him is like entertaining an armed robber.

Dino Melaye has released another song after his defeat in last Saturday, November 30th rerun election in the Kogi West Senatorial district election.

Dino who is well known for his hit song, Ajeku Iya, shared a video of himself singing the new song just as he tweeted that congratulating the winner of the election, APC’s Smart Adeyemi, is like congratulating an “armed robber” after an operation.

Dino maintains that the election was rigged in favour of APC.

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https://www.instagram.com/lindaikejiblogofficial/?utm_source=ig_embed&ig_mid=3DADAAD7-6E5B-4F70-A341-6CEAAEF76F47

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Kogi: Governor Bello Congratulates Adeyemi Over Win.

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has congratulated Senator Smart Adeyemi on his victory at Saturday’s Kogi West re-run Senatorial District poll announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed issued in Lokoja, described the victory ”as a collective manifestation of intellectual, moral and cultural virtues, and mandate given by the good people of Kogi West”.

”The APC as a party is particularly grateful to the people of Kogi West for their peaceful conduct at the polls and embracing the promise of the party to work assiduously to ensure development of the area and the state in general.

”Now that we are having all three APC senators representing Kogi at the National Assembly, my administration will work in synergy with them and other APC lawmakers to attract more projects to our state, to make life more meaningful for its citizens”, Bello said.

The returning officer, Prof. Olajide Lawal, announced on Saturday that Adeyemi polled 88,373 votes to defeat the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dino Melaye who recorded 62,133 votes.

INEC had a week ago declared the election inconclusive due to the margin between Adeyemi and Melaye, which was lower than the number of “registered voters in 53 polling units of the 20 registration areas in the zone where elections were cancelled”.

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Dino melaye was a disaster at NASS – Smart Adeyemi

Winner of Saturday’s Kogi West Senatorial rerun election, Senator Smart Adeyemi has described the tenure of the defeated Senator Dino Melaye, in the Red Chamber of the National Assembly, as a total waste and disaster.

The Alll Progressives Congress (APC)’s Adeyemi, who was declared winner after the Court of Appeal ordered the rerun, polled 88, 373 votes to oust Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who got 62, 133 votes.

Addressing journalists in on Sunday in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, Adeyemi described Senator Dino Melaye as his “political boy”.

He, however, promised to redeem the image of his constituency and the state in general.

The Senator elect, while apologising on behalf of the Kogi West senatorial district to those Melaye had maligned during his period in the senate, claimed to have brought Melaye up in politics, but unfortunately he later turned against him.

“Melaye’s era at the National Assembly was a disaster to the people of Kogi State and the nation in general.

“Dino was insulting everyone that made him. Nobody is too big for him to insult; fighting people. So, I am apologising to Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Yahaya Bello, all the security and institutions he insulted to forgive Dino and the Kogi West constituency. It is not in our character to be that reckless.

“Dino stole the political garment of his master and anyone who steals his master’s dress before his maturity, will either wear an oversized garment,” he said.

Adeyemi thanked the APC for their support, just as he commended Governor Yahaya Bello for making the party very strong in the state.

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I thank God for life. My name is Daniel, I can not fall or fail – Melaye said as he says Adeyemi remains his political wife.

Embattled Senator, Dino Melaye has reacted to losing the Kogi West Senatorial election, insisting that he won the election and that his conqueror, Senator Smart Adeyemi remains his political wife.

INEC’s Returning Officer of the election, Professor Olajide Lawal, had said Adeyemi, who represented the district from 2007-2015, polled 88,373 votes to beat Senator Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 62,133 votes.

Melaye however said he will go to court, saying he believed he won the election.

In series of tweets, Melaye said: “I want to specially thank God almighty that he preserved my life after 5 attempted assassination, combined forces of security agencies, INEC, Federal, State and LG powers. I was fought on land, in the air and spiritually. It was not about election but my life. God, I thank you.

“I will challenge the temporal and evaporative victory of Adeyemi at the Tribunal. Victory attain by violence and fraud is tantamount to defeat, for it is momentary. It is not about Dino MELAYE, it is about Nigeria and our electoral system. I stay the course, not over yet.

“The reaction of men and women of goodwill all over Nigeria, especially the wonderful people of Kogi west who truly voted for me is a testimony that God is with me and with us all. I won the election and Adeyemi remains my political wife. Thank you Nigerians. Victory is certain.

“The forces against me are not beyond God. People should not worry about me, I am fine and will always be. I just thank God that the plan to kill me did not succeed. A living dog is better than a dead lion. I thank God for life. My name is Daniel, I can not fall or fail.”

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(Details) Melaye is my political house boy.

The newly-elected Senator Smart Adeyemi has said his defeated opponent, Dino Melaye, is his political house boy who could not manage well his earlier election into the Senate but decided to burgle it with unnecessary exuberances.

Adeyemi while addressing newsmen on Sunday after his victory at the poll said’ when a servant steals the garment of his master, the garment will be too big for the servant that the joy of having his master’s garment will cause the servant to misbehave to people- he ordinarily could have respected.
The two-term senator said Melaye’s over size garment made him to misbehave while in the Senate saying legislation is not synonymous with rascality and recklessness .

He apologized on behalf of the people of his constituency to all those the outgoing Senator Dino Melaye had offended through his unguided utterances and actions and said the trait was alien to the culture and tradition of his people.

Adeyemi specifically begged President Muhammad Buhari, the APC national Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, the APC leader, Ahmed Tinubu, the governor of the state, Yahaya Bello and a host of others that Melaye had at one time or the other had altercation with to forgive the defeated senator.

Adeyemi who pledged to represent the people with dignity and decorum at the Red Chamber, also promise to do more for the people of his constituency in his third term at the Senate.
He thanked the electorate, the APC, traditional rulers, Governor Bello and all those who contributed to his success at the poll and stressed he would not disappoint them.

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Kogi West – Adeyemi snatched senatorial seat; Melaye out.

There appears to be no redemption, no comeback for Senator Dino Melaye in Kogi West district rerun as he has been electorally spanked by his opponent, Senator Smart Adeyemi.

The opponent that Melaye once characterised as his ‘political wife’ continued with his winning momentum as many results from the 53 polling units streamed in.

PDP won only in 2 units, while Adeyemi won in 24, out of the units, where results were declared.

Melaye, however, in a tweet, described the results as ‘magic figures’, claiming that he has been the preferred candidate of voters.

Here are some of the unofficial results from the 53 polling units:

Unguwan Pawa Polling Unit 005 Ward “D” lokoja.

Apc – 229
PDP – 100

Ward D Results Lokoja

Rimi polling unit
APC 224
PDP 177

Anguwan Kura polling unit
APC 349
PDP 86

Inuwa Dagana polling unit
APC 229
PDP 100

Inuwa Lange polling unit
APC 446
PDP 79

Madabo polling unit
APC 432
PDP 86

Yaragi polling unit
APC 143
PDP 67.

Obatedo ward 02 Oke Egbe-
APC 165
PDP 22

Egbeda Egga/Okedayo ward. Okedayo quarters ogidi open space .
APC 120
PDP 15.

Mopamuro LGA Ward 08
Number of accredited 231
Apc 224
PDP 05
DPC 01
Rejected 01

Itedo Irunda unit 007, Ward 09

PDP 23
APC 322

Egbeda Egga/Okedayo ward. Okedayo quarters ogidi open space .
APC 120
PDP 15.

Odolu Ward… *Fehinti Oluwa Qtrs Unit 005.*
1. APC – 330
2. PDP – 04
3. Void – 2

Odolu Ward… *St Andrew School Unit 002.*
1. APC – 225
2. PDP – 47
3. ADC – 1
4. Void – 5

Odolu Ward… *Sanco Unit 003.*
1. APC – 171
2. PDP – 27
3. Void – 3

St Barnabas
APC 231
PDP 50
Void 12

Maternity
APC 109
PDP 73

GRA
PDP 26
APC 72

TOWN HALL
PDP 98
APC 48

DEMONSTRATION
PDP 66
APC 93

POST OFFICE
PDP 55
APC 78

OLD WELFARE
PDP. 56
APC 41

ABU
PDP 35
APC 56

Oke Adeye
PDP 77
APC 56

PALACE
PDP. 53
APC: 133

Total Result
PDP. 203
APC 284

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Kogi West: Adeyemi leading Melaye in 3 LGAs. (See Votes So Far)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Smart Adeyemi is reportedly coasting to victory as he currently leads the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party with over 3000 votes.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the results of three out of the seven local government, where the election was conducted.

While Adeyemi has so far polled 5225 votes in the three LGAs, Melaye trailed with 1305 votes.

More details later…

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Kogi governor, Bello Inaugurate Naval based in the state for security.

Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Friday inaugurated the Nigeria Navy Ship Lugard and Navy Barracks in Banda.

The base was established to ensure adequate security of the waterways in the Confluence state and its neighbours.

Bello inaugurated the newly constructed brick model 96 Housing Units, 1.83km road and other facilities in the new Naval base.

The governor pledged more support for the security agencies to ensure the safety of lives and property of the residents of the state.

He said the Naval base was key to his administration’s commitment to security and safety of Kogi people.

He thanked the Navy for their doggedness and synergy with other security agencies which he noted had improved security in the state.

Bello congratulated the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas and other senior officers of the Navy for bringing the project to reality.

“We look forward to other developments like primary and secondary schools, hospitals, ultra-modern markets that would take place in the nearest future,” he said.

While pledging his continued support to the Navy and other security agencies, Bello enjoined them to double their efforts in combating crimes and criminality in the state.

Earlier, Ibas said the event was significant to the Navy in adequately discharging its roles at the base, adding that it would assist in deploying its resources and manpower.

He stressed that the Navy Barracks in Banda would house both operational and administrative activities including barracks, schools, hospitals, residence for Naval staffs and civilians.

He commended the governor for his continued support for the Navy and his commitment in ensuring the security and safety of lives and property in the State.

The Naval boss said that the dredging on rivers Niger and Benue prompted the establishment of the Naval base to ensure adequate security of the waterways.

Other dignitaries at the occasion were representatives from Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Ministry of Defence, Senate Committee Chairman on Navy, top Naval officers, among others.

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Kogi West – Voting Begins. #Melaye/Adeyemi.

A relatively large number of voters turned out Saturday as voting began in the Kogi West Supplementary poll.

Voters and INEC Staff started arriving polling Units as early as 7:30 am in some of the centres.

Simultaneous accreditation and Voting started at 8:15 at Inuwa Lenge Open Space PU 04 in Lokoja.

A team of Policemen was also on ground to keep the peace.

Mallam Bala a 60-year-old farmer after casting his vote, expressed satisfaction with the exercise and hoped it would not be “scattered again.’

“I am happy with the way it is going. No crisis. No fighting. They should just let us vote and they count it. We don’t need to fight. I am happy with the way we are calm,” said.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC declared as inconclusive the Nov 16 Kogi West Senatorial Rerun when the margin of lead between Sen. Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress, APC and Sen. Dino Melaiye of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP was less than the number of outstanding votes.

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Kogi Election: CDD warns, says ‘INEC and security agencies should redeem themselves.

As voters in the Kogi West Senatorial District and Ajaokuta Federal Constituency cast their votes on Saturday, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has called for a credible process.

The CDD in a statement signed by its Director, Idayat Hassan, warned that given the violence, voter intimidation and brazen electoral fraud that characterised the November 16 polls in Kogi and Bayelsa states, the onus is now on all electoral stakeholders, particularly the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies, to redeem themselves.

The statement reads: “This supplementary election is an opportunity for the electoral stakeholders, especially INEC and the security agencies, to address the many flaws we saw on November 16.

“CDD observation showed that the polls of November 16 were seriously tainted by a myriad of electoral malpractices, which fundamentally undermined the integrity of the process and outcomes in Kogi and Bayelsa states. CDD hopes the security agencies, which failed to protect voters and poll officials the last time out, have taken due note of the local and international condemnation which greeted their abysmal performance on November 16, and are ready to make amends.

“Apart from the task of ensuring that the electoral space is safe, CDD calls on the respective agencies to proactively curb the menace of vote-buying, which would be rife in this supplementary election.”

According to Hassan, the CDD Election Analysis Centre (EAC) would be deploying its accredited non-partisan observers across the polling units supplementary election will be held.

She, therefore, called on the electoral umpire to ensure voters who come out to exercise their franchise are not let down by logistic lapses.

“CDD calls on eligible voters to come out to vote for a candidate of their choice. We equally restate our call to political actors to play by the rules, and refrain from sponsoring thugs to disrupt the process and cause harm to voters and poll officials,” she said.

The Kogi West Senatorial District supplementary poll is to hold in 53 polling units across seven local governments with 45,767 registered voters.

INEC will also hold elections in 22 polling units with 15,438 registered voters in the Ajaokuta Federal Constituency.

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What are you waiting for? Sue me! – Sen. Dino Melaye Dares APC, Adeyemi…

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Kogi West senatorial election, Dino Melaye, has challenged the All Progressives Congress (ACP) to sue him.

He said this in reaction to an allegation that he was caught on camera sharing money to some voters while on queue to cast their ballot in the election.

Senator Melaye and Mr Mohammed Onogwu, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, both appeared as guests on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

In his comments, the governor’s aide accused Senator Melaye of engaging in vote-buying, saying the APC has some video evidence to back the claim.

He said, “We have clips evidence where he (Melaye) was distributing money (voters) on the line where they were voting.”

While Onogwu was speaking, the PDP candidate interrupted in laughter and said, “What are you waiting for? Sue me.”

Instead, Senator Melaye accused the APC of being responsible for the violence which he said claimed 16 lives, alleging that a helicopter was deployed to attack voters.

He insisted that his party has evidence to prove their allegation against the APC and faulted the election, stressing that results were not cancelled in places where violence was recorded.

In his reaction, Onogwu said the allegation linking Governor Bello, who was the APC governorship candidate, to the violence in Lokoja during the elections was far from the truth.

According to him, the governor was at Agasa in Okene LGA with his convoy where he cast his vote and ensured that the exercise was peaceful and could not have been in Lokoja at the same time.

“The governor was not in Lokoja on the day of the election and he does not have a dual existence. He cannot be in Okene and at the same time be in Lokoja.

“These are fallacious statements that they are making to discredit the entire electoral processes, to discredit the entire institutions that were involved in the conduct of the election,” the governor’s aide stated..

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Kogi: PDP Rejects Supplementary Election In Kogi West Senatorial District…

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has indicated that it may not participate in the November 30, supplementary election for Kogi West Senatorial District, Kogi State.

A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, suggested that the party might not be participating in the supplementary poll. The PDP’s spokesman specifically mentioned that the party had not only lost interest in the electoral umpire, but also rejected the scheduled supplementary election; an indication it might boycott it.

The statement reads in part: “After a further review of the November 16 elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) notes that it is now clearer to Nigerians that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government and the All Progressives Congress (APC) do not want democracy to thrive in Nigeria.

“The PDP and Nigerians in general have forcefully rejected the results bandied by INEC in the elections. We also reject the proposed Kogi West Senatorial rerun election, which has already been desecrated by the manipulations in the main election.

“As long as the figures in the main election are fundamentally flawed, the proposed rerun cannot reflect the wishes of the electorate and Nigerians are wondering if it will make any sense to participate in an electoral process that is already deficient.

“Nigerians across board have completely lost faith in the nation’s electoral process given that Independent National Electoral Commission under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has been annexed and cannot conduct any free, fair and credible election. For us in the PDP and, we believe, to majority of Nigerians as well, Professor Yakubu is the worst electoral umpire in the political history of our nation.

“Furthermore, the police and the military high commands have been reduced to tools of election brutality to ensure that votes do not count. Even the Police high command has openly admitted that the police is incapable of protecting voters and votes; thus validating the reported involvement of security agents in the brutalization of voters and disruption of electoral process.

“More distressing is the fact that Nigerians, particularly our members and supporters in Kogi and Bayelsa states, are still in trauma over the murderous November 16 elections. A lot of our people have been killed and our members are still grieving. It is public knowledge that all accredited local and international observers, including the Civil Society Situation Room, have declared that the elections did not meet the minimum standard for credible election and have unanimously called for outright cancellation.

“There is indeed nothing to indicate that more people will not be massacred in the proposed Kogi West Senatorial re-run election. It is therefore doubtful if Nigerians will be prepared to participate in that re-run given their sordid experiences in the last election. There is already a growing consensus across the nation that participating in elections by INEC as presently constituted under the Buhari Presidency would amount to helping to legitimize illegitimacies and outright criminalities.

“Indeed, Nigerians are not ready to join in whitewashing INEC’s battered image as such would also amount to putting a lipstick on a pig. Moreover, there are reports in the public space that the APC-controlled Federal Government does not want Senator Dino Malaye in the Senate just because of his forthrightness in defending the interest of the people. “Nigerians recall with shock how, at the presentation of the 2020 budget, Mr. President reportedly asked Senator Malaye “you, you mean you are still in this chamber?. A question which meaning cannot be farfetched.

“Our party has been made aware of how INEC and security apparatus have been instructed to use all means to stop Senator Dino from returning to the Senate. INEC had also blatantly refused to consider Senator Melaye’s petitions regarding the November 16 election. “Nevertheless, the PDP remains strong and undeterred. Our party is aware of that fact that millions of Nigerians look unto our platform for strength and direction in their quest for freedom and preservation of their rights. For this, we will remain resilient till the end.

“This country belongs to all of us and nobody, no matter how highly placed, has the right to appropriate our common sovereignty for his or her anti-people purpose.

“However, as we forge on in this collective struggle, the PDP directs all flags at our national, state and local government secretariats to fly at half mast from Monday, November 25th to Wednesday, November 27th in honour of all those killed in Bayelsa and Kogi states by the APC and their thuggish collaborators.”,

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I will not give Dino a chance of winning – Sen. Smart Adeyemi..

Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has vowed not to give a breathing space to Senator Dino Melaye of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the supplementary election coming up this Saturday until he emerges victorious in a landslide.

Adeyemi while addressing party members, urged them to redouble their efforts and not relax as the battle to win the Kogi West senatorial seat is not over yet.

Adeyemi is already leading his PDP opponent, Melaye, by over 20,000 votes in the last Saturday’s rerun election for the senatorial district.

The former Senator spoke in Lokoja over the weekend on the sideline of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) decision to conclude the rerun on November 30.

Adeyemi said despite having a comfortable lead, the party must not give in to overconfidence, but rather double its efforts to get the remaining votes.

“We as party members must mobilise and fight like never before for the remaining votes. We must commence house-to-house moves, and telephone contacts of the 30,000 PVC holders.

“We must not look at the supplementary election with a view that our opponent is politically paralysed by now; rather, we must work towards capturing at least 90 percent of the votes

“Our aim is to get 30,000 out of the 31,000 PVC holders of the 40,000 registered voters in the affected areas; whether our opponents are ready or not is secondary,” he said.

Adeyemi praised party members for their support and solidarity, particularly in the last Saturday’s election, calling on them to finish the race with an even wider margin.

“I sincerely thank you for your support and solidarity in the last Saturday outing,” he said. “My full address will be after the rerun election is concluded.

“But for now, let us resume with more vigour and determination our efforts towards the November 30 supplementary election. Let us go from house to house to mobilise people out for the exercise. We must give the election our all.”

The INEC had on Sunday declared the Kogi West rerun election inconclusive. The supplementary election is to be conducted on November 30 in 53 polling units.

According to INEC data, there are 48,101 registered voters in the affected areas, but only 30,730 have collected their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC).

Adeyemi (APC) polled 80,118, while Dino Melaye (PDP) scored 59,548, with a margin of 20,670 in favour of Adeyemi in November 16’s inconclusive rerun.

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