INEC declares Kogi West senatorial election inconclusive

Kogi West Senatorial election which was conducted on Saturday November 16, has been declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The election was declared inconclusive by the returning officer Professor Olayinde Lawal who disclosed that the margin between Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is lower than the 43,127 registered voters in 53 polling units of 20 registration areas in the zone where elections were canceled.

He disclosed that the margin between the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Smart Adeyemi and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Dino Melaye is 20,570. Professor Olayinde Lawal announced that Mr Adeyemi polled a total of 80,118 votes, while Senator Melaye got 59,548 votes from the seven Local Government Areas in the senatorial district.

Professor Lawal said INEC will announce a new date for the supplementary election in the 53 polling units before a winner can be returned. This came after Senator Dino Melaye rejected the results.


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Chinenye Nwabueze

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