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Kogi poll: Melaye gives INEC 7 days to review his petitions

Senator Dino Melaye, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 11 governorship election in Kogi State, has said that the Independent…

Senator Dino Melaye, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 11 governorship election in Kogi State, has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has seven days to review the Kogi State governorship election. 

Melaye stated this during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.

On Sunday the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Usman Ododo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the election.

Ododo polled 446,237, while his closest rival, Murtala Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) polled 259,052 votes.

But during the interview, Melaye alleged that there were cases of mutilation, over voting, and suppression of voters in the election.

“It was based on the mutilation results that Yahaya Bello’s stooge was declared winner. INEC is aware that some local government results were written before the election.

“This is what happened across the local government. Seventeen local governments in Kogi State have over voting.

“We have submitted our petitions to INEC with evidences this afternoon. Our next line of action is that INEC has seven days to review petitions. We are going to see what they would do. In a just society silence is a crime.”

Melaye added that INEC must cancel election in five local government areas of the state.

He said, “INEC must cancel the election in the five local governments of Kogi central. The election in Okene, Okehi, Ajaoukuta, Adavi, and Ogori/Mangogo is a scam coordinated from the highest level of INEC.”

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