Kogi west rerun: Kogi people chose Adeyemi over Melaye

Kogi west rerun: Kogi people chose Adeyemi over Melaye

The people of Kogi West Senatorial district have chosen Smart Adeyemi the candidate of the All Progressives Congress to lead them in the senate. Adeye

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The people of Kogi West Senatorial district have chosen Smart Adeyemi the candidate of the All Progressives Congress to lead them in the senate. Adeyemi defeated Dino Melaye, the candidate Peoples Democratic Party in the rerun election held on Saturday in 53 polling units across seven local government areas.

According to the INEC Returning Officer for election, Professor Olayinde Lawal, Smart Adeyemi polled 88,373 to defeat his closest rival, Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party who polled 62,133.

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.

Recall that the tribunal had ordered a fresh election which held on November 16 alongside the state’s gubernatorial election. The November 16 election was declared inconclusive by INEC on grounds that the number of cancelled votes was higher than the margin between the PDP and APC candidates.