The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the election held to fill the vacant Kogi West Senatorial district seat on Saturday, November 16 as inconclusive.
Channels TV reports that INEC made the decision on the grounds that the lead margin between Smart Adeyemi who polled 80,118 votes and Dino Melaye who got 59,548 is 20,570 was lower than the 43,127 registered voters in 53 polling units of 20 registration areas in the zone.
According to the report, the returning officer, Professor Olayinde Lawal, who made the declaration, said the law does not permit him to declare a winner because of the lead margin between the leading candidates.
He revealed that INEC will announce a new date for the conduct of a supplementary election in the 53 polling units before a winner can be returned.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Melaye, a former federal lawmaker in the last 8th Nigerian Senate, rejected the results of the Kogi West Senatorial District rerun polls released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday, November 17.
Melaye described the results as fake and unacceptable to him.
Melaye told journalists in Abuja: “The innovation is that what we had is what I have christened ‘Helicopter election’. For the first time, rigging has been advanced to the level that now the use of a helicopter in perpetuating this electoral atrocity manifested yesterday."
Before that, Legit.ng also reported that the violence that took over the governorship and senatorial elections in Kogi state resulted in the death of a nephew to Melaye, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the re-run for the legislative seat.
Melaye confirmed the death of Olorunjuwon early on Sunday, November 17, saying the deceased paid the ultimate price for the liberation of Kogi people.
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