Oseni, Melaye wins in Kogi as INEC declares Kogi East elections inconclusive 



Senator Dino Melaye, Kogi West

Barr Natasha Akpoti, Kogi Central SDP senatorial candidate

Alhaji Yakubu Oseni, APC Kogi Central Senator elect

—–SDP Rejects Kogi Central senatorial election results, alleges massive rigging


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Yakubu Oseni of the All Progressive Congress, (APC) as winner of the just concluded Kogi Central Senatorial election, while Senator Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) was declared winner of the Kogi West senatorial district.


Oseni who was the Chairman of Kogi State Internal Revenue Service, won four out of five local government areas in the district, defeating the incumbent Senator Ahmed Ogembe, and Natasha Akpoti who came close.


Announcing the result, INEC returning officer for the senatorial district, Professor Patrick Amidu Audu from Federal University Lokoja, disclosed that the APC candidate polled 76,120 votes to beat his closest rival Natasha Akpoti of the Social Democratic (SDP) who polled a total of 48,326 votes.

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Sen Ogembe who came a distant third, polled a total of 19,359 votes.


Meanwhile, Senator Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the second time defeated Senator Smart Adeyemi of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).


Recalled that Melaye equally defeated Adeyemi in 2015 as a member of the APC while Adeyemi was then a serving Senator on the platform of PDP.


From the declaration of final results at INEC collation centre in Lokoja, the retuning officer Professor Emmanuel Bala, Melaye won six out of seven local government councils in Kogi West senatorial district. Melaye pulled a total of 84,797 to beat Adeyemi who scored a total of 67,471 votes


Both Melaye and Adeyemi are from Ijumu local government council. While Senator  Smart Adeyemi is from Iyara in Ijumu, Senator Dino Melaye is from Ayetoro-Gbede  also in Ijumu local government council.

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But the Kogi State Chapter of the Social Democratic Party, has rejected the results of the elections, saying that the figures claimed to have been scored by Natasha Apoti for the Central Senatorial District was unacceptable.


According to the SDP Chairman, Muktar Atimah, noted that the party does not believe in the election results, describing it as an election marred by a lot of irregularities and most unacceptable to the party.


The Chairman’s statement which reads in part said , ” the Kogi state governor turned himself to an electoral officer, moving round and collecting form EC8A from one polling unit to another and filling it himself


” The action of the governor is laughable as the accreditation by the card readers did not tally with the vote cast, so how can such results hold.

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” This is not an election because he cannot use his position, those of his aides and security agencies to intimidate people.


” We are worried by the hurried nature by which the results were cooked up. How can you imaging Natasha scoring zero in polling units where even the PDP would have more votes than we do”


The SDP Chairman called on the members of SDP and the supporters of Natasha Apoti to remain calm, as the purported results that was allocated to SDP cannot stand.


There were however reported violence and ballot box snatching during Saturday elections in some parts of the state. No fewer than three persons have been reportedly killed in the unfortunate development.


Unofficial report said that the election in Kogi East have been declared inconclusive. Elections were allegedly disrupted in over one hundred polling units across the senatorial district.

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