Melaye, Adeyemi to face off in supplementary election for Kogi senatorial seat

INEC has declared the Kogi West Senatorial District rerun election inconclusive, and will soon announce a date for a supplementary election.

Smart Adeyemi (left) and Dino Melaye (right), on Saturday, November 16, 2019 contested to be Senator representing Kogi West. [The Sun]

While the date for the supplementary election will be announced later, the electoral body declared the rerun of election inconclusive because the margin of win was less than the total cancelled votes.

According to INEC, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Smart Adeyemi, scored a total of 80,118 votes while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate, Senator Dino Melaye, scored 59,548 votes.

The returning officer, Prof. Olayinde Lawal, stated that the margin between the two candidates is 20,570.

Lawal, who declared the election inconclusive, said he decided not to declare a winner because of the slim margin between the two leading candidates.

The election tribunal had sacked Melaye as the representative of the Kogi West senatorial district in the Senate in a ruling in August.

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