The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Kogi West senatorial rerun election inconclusive.
According to the Returning Officer, Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Professor Olayinde Lawal, 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. He 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.
Prof. Lawal explained that the total margin between both candidates is lower than the 43,127 registered voters in 53 polling units of 20 registration areas in the zone where elections were canceled. The returning officer, who declared the election inconclusive said, he is constrained by law to declare a winner because of the lead margin between the leading candidates.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reacted to reports making the rounds that its governorship candidate in Kogi State, Musa Wada has conceded defeat to Yahaya Bello. But the People Democratic Party (PDP) in a post on its official Twitter page on Monday morning urged Nigerians and PDP supporters to discard reports that Wada has conceded defeat to Bello. The opposition party blamed the APC for spreading fake news in Kogi State.
The post read: “Please, ignore the news making the rounds that our Gubernatorial Candidate, Musa Wada has conceded defeat and congratulated Yahaya Bello.
“This is not true. It’s the handiwork of the failed APC supporters in Kogi State.”