Senator Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has finally lost the Kogi West senatorial seat to Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Adeyemi reclaimed his position as Kogi West senator at the end of the Saturday, November 30 supplementary election in the senatorial district.
At the end of the exercise, Olayinde Lawal, the returning officer of the election declared Adeyemi winner of the election.
Results announced by Lawal showed Adeyemi polled a total of 88,373 votes to defeat Melaye, his closest challenger, who polled 62,133 votes.
According to Lawal, there were 161,979 accredited voters out of the 432,515 registered. He said 152,033 votes were valid out of the 155,253 cast, while 3,250 were rejected.
The supplementary election came after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the November 15, rerun election in Kogi West inconclusive.
Melaye had defeated Adeyemi in 2015 to become Kogi West senator. He also defeated him during the 2019 general election. However, his victory was annulled by the Appeal Court which ordered for a rerun poll in the district.
At the end of the election, Adeyemi who represented the zone at the Senate, before he lost the position to Melaye in 2015, emerged the winner.
Melaye has since cried foul over the conduct of the election and had vowed to challenge the outcome of the exercise in court.
Join the conversation
INVESTIGATION… Ten years after, communities count losses as AfDB, Cross River govt abandon road project
Ten years after the Cross River State government and African Development Bank (AFDB) jointly awarded the Yahe-Wanokom-Wanikade-Benue border road for...
INVESTIGATION….N.3bn down the drain: Why water projects for Enugu communities don’t work
In this concluding part, ARINZE CHIJIOKE talks about some of the projects that are serving the people and how various WASH programmes have failed to tackle...
INVESTIGATION…PARKVIEW ESTATE: Exclusive images of how billionaire property developer incurred Lagos govt‘s anger
Many have seen the demolished building, but not many know the circumstances that led to the teardown of the about...
INVESTIGATION… N.3bn down the drain, as Enugu communities suffer from dry taps
In November 2020, three organizations and the Enugu State government celebrated the completion of N300 million worth of projects that were expected...
INVESTIGATION… How herdsmen crisis compounds woes of already deprived Ogun communities
Earlier in January, the Nigerian media space was awash with reports of violence between herders and farmers across the country....