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Kogi West Senatorial Elections: Smart Adeyemi Defeats Dino Melaye

Valentine Chinyem

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Smart Adeyemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the senatorial election for Kogi West.

He polled a total of 88,373 votes, as against his closest rival, Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party, who polled a total of 62,133 votes.

The Saturday’s election was held in 53 polling units across seven local government areas.

Making the announcement, INEC’s Returning Officer for election, Professor Olayinde Lawal, said 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 elections that the tribunal had ordered a fresh election which held on November 16 alongside the state’s gubernatorial election.

However, INEC declared the election inconclusive, on grounds that the number of cancelled votes was higher than the margin between the PDP and APC candidates.