Following Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Dino Melaye, has called for the cancellation of the poll, deeming its conduct as “shameful.” Melaye expressed his discontent during a press conference in Lokoja, asserting that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should not have allowed the election to stand.
Addressing the media, Melaye criticized INEC for failing to address the problems created in previous elections and urged them to take corrective measures. He described the election as unhealthy and called for a reassessment of the electoral process.
Similarly, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, Muritala Ajaka, also faulted INEC over the conduct of the poll. Ajaka claimed that the election results were predetermined, suggesting that they were written before the voting even began.
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s returning officer, Prof. Johnson Urame, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Usman Ododo, emerged as the winner with 446,237 votes. The SDP candidate, Alh. Muritala Yakubu Ajaka, secured the second position with 259,052 votes, while the PDP candidate, Senator Dino Melaye, came third with a total of 46,362 votes.
Urame officially declared Ahmed Usman Ododo as the winner, stating, “Ahmed Usman Ododo of the All Progressives Congress, having satisfied the mandate of the law, is declared the winner of the Kogi State governorship election and returned elected.”