Kogi West: Dino Melaye, Smart Adeyemi in final battle for Senate
Nov 30 19:20 PM
Welcome to our live coverage of Kogi West senatorial rerun election between candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Dino Melaye and Smart Adeyemi of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Recall that the election on November 16 was cancelled in a number of polling units as a result of violence, ballot snatching and intimidation of voters which marred the process.
Hence, reason why we are having this supplementary election today, Saturday, November 30.
However, Melaye kicked against this supplementary election when he submitted a petition to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In the petition, Melaye accused the electoral body of overlooking many units, which ought to have been captured in the supplementary election.
You can read Melaye's petition
You can also read other reports on the supplementary election
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45,767 voters are expected to participate in this rerun
45,767 voters are expected to participate in the process across the seven LGAs in Kogi west.
Kabba-Bunu LGA has six registration areas participating in the exercise, the highest number. Ijumu, home of Melaye and Adeyemi, has three RAs, same with Lokoja and Yagba east.
Kogi LGA and Mopa-Muro have two each while Yagba west has one.
Voters have started arriving at the PUs.
Karaworo south PO addresses voters
The PO at Karaworo south in Kogi addresses voters. He says voting will commence at 8am and close at 2pm.
Dino Melaye, Smart Adeyemi in final battle for Senate
Queue at Angwa Power open space, PU 005
Voters in a queue at Angwa Power open space, PU 005 in Lokoja D RA. According to reports, accreditation is yet to begin in most of the polling units as of 8:35am.
West: Dino Melaye, Smart Adeyemi in final battle for Senate. Credit: The Cable
Voting and accreditation just commenced in Ayetoro 1
Ward: Ayetoro 1
Report: Voting and accreditation just commenced
Open vote-buying at Ashta ward
Report: Open vote-buying reported
Report: Accreditation and voting ongoing.
Arrangement of electoral materials ongoing in Okiko ward
Report: Arrangement of electoral materials ongoing. Low voter turnout recorded
Voting and accreditation is ongoing smoothly in Ayetoro ward
Report: Voting and accreditation is ongoing smoothly and in an orderly matter.
Large voter turnout at Ebiya North ward, Ajaokuta
Ward: Ebiya North
Report: Accreditation and voting ongoing. Larger voter turnout recorded
Voting ongoing peacefully at Oke Ibuken ward
Ward: Oke Ibukun
Report: Accreditation and voting are ongoing peacefully
INEC officials just arrived at Ganaja ward
Report: INEC officials just arrived and setting up has just started
Reports of vote-buying ongoing in Nkwo ward
LG: Kogi Koto-Karfi
Report: Reports of vote-buying ongoing. No additional voting point provided even though the 820 registered voters
Dino Melaye votes
PDP senatorial candidate Dino Melaye has voted.
After casting his vote, Melaye said he will head to court if INEC does not review the initial poll. “What we have as result is fraud... a major fraud,'' he said.
Only one of six card readers deployed is working at Anguan Pawa
Ward: Anguan Pawa
Report: Only one of six card readers deployed is working
Voting stops for now at PU 004
Voting stops for now at PU 004 Inuwa-Lenge in ward D, Lokoja. The PO says all voters on the ground have voted and that they will continue as more voters come.
INEC officials did not show up
Ward: Old Ajaokuta
Report: No voting has taken place in the polling units and INEC officials did not show up.
Situation room observer harassed by police
A situation room observer has been harassed by officers of the Police.His phone was collected and all the pictures he took were deleted before his phone was returned to him.
Adequate police presence Okekoko ward
LG: Kabba/ Bunu
Voting ongoing. Adequate police presence observed
Situation Room observer advised to leave the polling unit
LG: Kabba/ Bunu
A situation Room observer has been advised to leave the polling unit "in her own interest" by a party agent.
Low voter turnout
Low voter turnout reported
Protest as voters accuse INEC ad hoc staff of tampering with ballot papers
There was a protest after a man claimed he saw one of the electoral officials folding some ballot papers into a bag. This occurred at PU 002 in Lokoja B registration area.
INEC visits some polling units in ward 3D and ward 4D in Lokoja
Supervising national commissioner, Mallam Mohammed K. Haruna, visits some polling units in ward 3D and ward 4D in Lokoja, at the ongoing Kogi West senatorial district supplementary election.
Voting is over in most of the polling units
Voting is over in most of the polling units. Sorting and counting of votes ongoing.
Magic results everywhere - Dino Melaye cries out
I am very proud of the electorates in Kogi West. You voted me today but prepared results already in place. We will fight to the end. illegality shall never stand. Magic results everywhere.- SDM.
Mopa polling unit
The Nation reports that there is no sign of rerun exercise in Mopa polling unit.
Many reportedly stayed away from polling units in the two wards that were affected.
Kogi supplementary poll: Turn-out impressive
Contrary to some reports, correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who monitored the election claimed the voter turne-out is impressive.
A voter, Malam Bala, 60, reportedly 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,” he said. Collation of results is ongoing
Collation of results has started in most of the polling units. Follow our live coverage of the collation
here. Clash as observer allegedly reports argument between INEC officials and party
Clash as observer allegedly reports argument between INEC officials and party
Situation Room releases interim report on the conduct of the election
Situation Room has released an interim statement on the elections in Kogi West senatorial district and Ajaokuta federal constituency.
Vote buying ongoing for as long low as N2000
Report: Vote buying ongoing for as long low as N2000
Fake policemen arrested
Some men who came to PU 008, Ganaja ward in Ajaokuta LGA in police uniforms were discovered to be fake officers and subsequently arrested.