Governor Yahaya Bello reacts to Smart Adeyemi’s victory over Dino Melaye

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has described the victory of Senator Smart Adeyemi at Saturday’s Kogi West re-run Senatorial District poll as a collective manifestation of intellectual, moral and cultural virtues, and mandate given by the good people of Kogi West.

WITHIN NIGERIA had earlier reported that Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressive Congress, APC has won the Kogi West supplementary election, defeating his closest rival Senator Dino Melaye of the PDP.

This was contained in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi state.

”The APC as a party is particularly grateful to the people of Kogi West for their peaceful conduct at the polls and embracing the promise of the party to work assiduously to ensure development of the area and the state in general.

”Now that we are having all three APC senators representing Kogi at the National Assembly, my administration will work in synergy with them and other APC lawmakers to attract more projects to our state, to make life more meaningful for its citizens”, Bello said.

The returning officer, Prof. Olajide Lawal, announced on Saturday that Adeyemi polled 88,373 votes to defeat the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dino Melaye who recorded 62,133 votes.

INEC had a week ago declared the election inconclusive due to the margin between Adeyemi and Melaye, which was lower than the number of “registered voters in 53 polling units of the 20 registration areas in the zone where elections were cancelled”.

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