Dino Calls For Cancellation of Kogi West Election

Senator Dino Melaye, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Kogi West Senatorial poll, has called for total cancellation of the Nov. 16 election.
Melaye disclosed this while submitting a petition at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquartres in Abuja over the election on Wednesday.
The petition addressed to INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, was received by INEC National Commissioner, Mr Festus Okoye and the Secretary to the Commission, Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony.
Melaye said he had also copied INEC National Commissioner supervising Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa.
He said that attached to the petition were 21 video CDs and documentary evidence to prove that there was no election in Kogi West on Nov. 16.
“The object of my petition is that I am demanding for the entire cancellation of the election.
“The demand is based on electoral malpractices, violence, ballot boxes stocking, the use of helicopters to intimidate voters among other electoral crime committed on Nov. 16,’’ he said.
Melaye alleged that the election results were manipulated and many lives were lost, including that of his nephew who was killed by hoodlums.
He said that he also have pictorial evidence of violence that took place during the election and the collation process.
“This is not an election; we are going to take it up and fight for our right to finish,’’ Melaye said.
He said in the petition, dated Nov. 18 and signed by his lawyer; Mr Tobechukwu Nweke that the 21 video discs captured total sabotage of the electoral process that marred the election in the area.
Melaye urged the commission to study painstakingly, the events captured in the said video discs, which reveal that election was not conducted in Kogi West and to cancel the entire election.

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