Senate Swears In Smart Adeyemi, Replaces Dino Melaye

Senator Smart Adeyemi

 

Senate President Ahmed Lawan has swore-in Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Adeyemi is replacing Senator Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who lost the rerun in the Kogi West senatorial district election.

The swearing-in was done by the Clerk of the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh, at the start of plenary.

READ ALSO: May Nigeria Never Have The Kind Of Dino As A Senator – Adeyemi

Adeyemi is returning to the Senate about five years after he lost the seat to  Melaye at the 2015 election.

This was after he emerged victorious at the bye-election conducted last week in the district by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Returning Officer of the election, Professor Olajide Lawal, announced that Adeyemi polled a total of 88,373 votes to beat Melaye who scored 62,133 votes.

May Nigeria Never Have The Kind Of Dino As A Senator – Adeyemi

Senator Smart Adeyemi

 

 

Senator Smart Adeyemi has taken a swipe at Senator Dino Melaye, his closest rival in the just concluded Kogi West district senatorial election.

Reacting to his victory in the poll, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate berated his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) opponent for his kind of person.

“Dino is not a good representation of the people of Kogi West,” said Adeyemi during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

He added, “I am sure that no Nigerian would want to have somebody like Dino as a Senator. May Nigeria never have the kind of Dino as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

 

Senator Adeyemi was returned elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the Kogi West senatorial district election after polling the highest number of votes.

Announced the results on Saturday last week in Kogi, the Returning Officer for the election Professor Olajide Lawal said Senator Adeyemi scored of 88,373 votes to beat Senator Melaye got 62,133 votes.

Ambassador Rufus Aiyenigba of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) came third in the poll with 659 votes and was trailed by John Olabode and Adeyemi Taiwo of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Nigeria Elements Progressive Party (NEPP who) garnered 262 and 119 votes respectively.

Senator Melaye has since rejected the outcome of the election, alleging that he was robbed while his life was in danger.

 

On The Street?

But Senator Adeyemi denied the claims by his PDP rival, stressing that he got the mandate to return to the Senate at the free will of the people.

Rather, he accused Senator Melaye of failing the people of the senatorial district and that he was voted out because the people wanted a change.

“Dino has never worked anywhere before, he was on the street. How can he claim to have been in politics before me,” the APC candidate questioned.

He added, “Dino did nothing since he has been there rather than buying cars and showing to the Nigerian people.

“I won the election based on the conviction of the Nigerian people, people of my senatorial district, and people of my state that the time had come for them to effect a change.”

‘Adeyemi Will Remain My Political Wife’, His Victory Is Temporal – Melaye

A file photo of Senator Dino Melaye.

 

 

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Kogi West senatorial district election, Senator Dino Melaye, has insisted that he won the poll.

He stated this on Sunday, a day after he lost his bid to remain in the Senate to Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Despite suffering a defeat to his APC rival, Senator Melaye stressed that he would always win Senator Adeyemi whom he described as his political wife.

READ ALSO: Adeyemi Unseats Melaye, Wins Kogi West Senatorial District Election

“I want to assure you that Smart Adeyemi would remain my political wife, I started politics before him,” he said during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

Melaye added, “I won the election and the duty of Smart Adeyemi is temporal and evaporative. I want to assure you that those congratulating Smart Adeyemi amount to congratulating an armed robber after a successful operation.”

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had returned Senator Adeyemi as the winner of the Kogi West senatorial district election after polling the highest number of votes.

In his declaration on Saturday last week in Kogi, the Returning Officer for the election Professor Olajide Lawal announced that Senator Adeyemi scored of 88,373 votes to beat Senator Melaye got 62,133 votes.

Ambassador Rufus Aiyenigba of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) came third in the poll with 659 votes and was trailed by John Olabode and Adeyemi Taiwo of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Nigeria Elements Progressive Party (NEPP who) garnered 262 and 119 votes respectively.

But Senator Melaye has rejected the outcome of the election, alleging that he was robbed while his life was in danger.

He insisted that there was no election in the senatorial district and gave assurance that he would soon return to the Senate.

“There was no election, only an attempt to kill me. I will reclaim my mandate because I was voted for,” he claimed.

The PDP candidate added, “I won the election but through the instrumentality of violence and national conspiracy, these have been tampered with. I want to assure Nigerians that it is temporal.”

UPDATED: Adeyemi Unseats Melaye, Wins Kogi West Senatorial District Election

Kogi West: Smart Adeyemi Is 'My Political Wife' – Melaye
Dino Melaye                                                                                                                         Smart Adeyemi

 

 

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Smart Adeyemi, has won the Kogi West senatorial district election.

The Returning Officer of the election, Professor Olajide Lawal, announced this on Saturday at the collation centre in Kogi State.

According to him, Senator Adeyemi polled a total of 88,373 votes to beat Senator Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 62,133 votes.

Ambassador Rufus Aiyenigba of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) came third in the poll with 659 votes and was trailed by John Olabode and Adeyemi Taiwo of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Nigeria Elements Progressive Party (NEPP who) garnered 262 and 119 votes respectively.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the APC candidate as the winner of the keenly contested election two weeks after the people of the senatorial district went to the poll.

See the result below:

 

This came after the supplementary poll conducted by INEC following the November 16 rerun election which failed to produce a winner.

It was said to have been marred by violence and other alleged electoral malpractices.

Although the results of the poll favoured Senator Adeyemi who polled 80,118 votes as against Senator Melaye’s 59,548 votes, the returning officer had said that he was constrained by law to declare a winner.

He explained that the margin of 20,570 votes between the two candidates was lower than the number of cancelled votes in 53 polling units of the 20 registration.

Following the victory of the APC candidate in the rerun poll and upon receiving the certificate of return, Senator Adeyemi will replace Senator Melaye as the lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district in the National Assembly.

INEC’s decision to conduct a fresh election in the senatorial district was in line with the order of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which dismissed an appeal filed by Senator Melaye challenging the nullification of his victory on February 23. during the general elections.

 

APC Jubilates

Reacting to the outcome of the poll, APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, congratulated Senator Adeyemi on behalf of the party.

In a statement, he described the victory as “well-deserve” and thanked the people of the senatorial district for their support for the party and its candidate.

Read the statement below:

I congratulate our newly elected Senator, Smart Adeyemi on his well-deserved victory in the Kogi West re-run election which held today.

This victory has again affirmed the general acceptance of our great party, by the great people of Kogi State who just a few weeks ago voted massively for our governorship candidate,  Governor Yahaya Bello, who was re-elected for a second term.

I have always believed in the ability of the people of Kogi West to elect leaders who will make them proud in the Senate and not the defeated Senator Melaye who is among the 16  Senators who rebelled against our party.

As it stands today, the broom has swept away the entire 16 Senators, Dino being the last, who tried to destabilise our democracy for their personal interest, jettisoning the interest of the electorate.

On behalf of our great party the APC, I congratulate my brother and friend, Senator Smart Adeyemi once again and we look forward toward working with you in this resolve by our dear President, Muhammadu Buhari to take the nation to the NEXT LEVEL.

Adams Oshiomhole

National Chairman of the APC

Kogi West Rerun: Collation Ends As Melaye, Adeyemi Set To Know Fate

Kogi West: Smart Adeyemi Is 'My Political Wife' – Melaye
Dino Melaye                                                                                                                           Smart Adeyemi

 

 

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Dino Melaye, and that of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Smart Adeyemi, are set to know their fate in the Kogi West senatorial district election.

This comes as voting ends in all polling units where a rerun election is taking place in the senatorial zone.

The Independent National Election Commission (INEC) conducted the rerun on Saturday after it declared the November 16 poll inconclusive.

READ ALSO: Residents Vote In Kogi West Senatorial Rerun

Although the poll favoured Senator Adeyemi who polled 80,118 votes as against Senator Melaye’s 59,548 votes, INEC said the margin of 20,570 votes between the two candidates was lower than the number of cancelled votes in 53 polling units of the 20 registration.

INEC’s decision to conduct a fresh election in the senatorial district was in line with the order of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which dismissed an appeal filed by Senator Melaye challenging the nullification of his election.

Addressing reporters on Saturday in Lokoja, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kogi, Prof James Apam, blamed the low turnout of the electorate on poor mobilisation by political parties.

He spoke to journalists shortly before embarking on a monitoring exercise, noting that the political parties ought to have convinced their supporters to come out and cast their votes.

Channels Television gathered that while the election was peaceful in Mopa Amuro and Kabba Bunu, only a few people came out to vote.

The election has since ended and votes being counted at various polling units while residents await the final collation of results by INEC and the subsequent declaration of the winner.

Residents Vote In Kogi West Senatorial Rerun

 

Voting has commenced in some areas of the Kogi West Senatorial supplementary election.

The rerun which first took place on November 16 was declared inconclusive by the returning officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Olayinde Lawal.

According to him, the total margin between the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Smart Adeyemi and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Dino Melaye was lower than the number of cancelled votes in 53 polling units of the 20 registration.

INEC officials and sensitive materials arrived some polling units before 7 am, but voting commenced at about 9 am in Itedo ward, Yagba East LGA, Ward D 004, Lokoja LGA, Aiyedayo Registration Area, Mopa Moro LGA.

Senator Adeyemi is currently leading with a total of 80,118 votes, while Senator Melaye has 59,548 votes from the seven Local Government Areas during the November 16 rerun.

See photos below:

 

 

Kogi West Senatorial Rerun: INEC Declares Election Inconclusive

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Kogi West senatorial rerun election inconclusive.

According to the returning officer, 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.

READ ALSO: Kogi West Rerun: Melaye Rejects Results, Describes Poll As Helicopter Election

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.

He added that INEC will announce a new date for the conduct of a supplementary election in the 53 polling units before a winner can be returned.

Below is a breakdown of how both parties performed in the seven LGA’s

Kabba/Bunu LGA
APC-15,037
PDP-8,974

Ijumu LGA
APC-11,627
PDP-7,647

Kogi/Koton Karfe LGA
APC-14,168
PDP-9,786

Mapo/Muro LGA
APC-4,874
PDP-3,704

Yagba East LGA
APC-6,683
PDP-7,745

Yagba West LGA
APC-7,941
PDP-8,980

Lokoja LGA
APC-19,788
PDP-12,712

Kogi Elections: Smart Adeyemi Votes

 

Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Kogi West Senatorial District rerun election, Smart Adeyemi has cast his ballot.

Mr Adeyemi voted at about 11:15 am in Iyara 002 ward, Aiyetoro, Ijumu Local Government Area in Kogi state.

READ ALSO: Dino Melaye Votes In Kogi West Senatorial Race

Earlier, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dino Melaye also cast his vote for the Kogi West Senatorial District in Iluafor polling unit 004, Ayetoro 1 at around 9:14 am.

Dino Melaye Votes In Kogi West Senatorial Race

 

Dino Melaye has cast his vote in the rerun elections for the Kogi West Senatorial District.

The former lawmaker, who was sacked by the Elections Petitions Tribunal in Kogi in August, cast his ballot at 9:14 am in Open space, Iluafor polling unit 004, Ayetoro 1.

READ ALSO: Kogi Elections: Governor Yahaya Bello, Wife Vote

Senator Melaye, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party for the senatorial election, was declared a winner in the February 2019 National Assembly election but Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) approached the tribunal and challenged Dino’s victory, citing irregularities, over voting and non-compliance with the electoral acts.

The tribunal in a unanimous judgment ordered a fresh election in the senatorial district.

I Will Beat Melaye ‘Arms Down’ In Fresh Election, Says Adeyemi

Kogi West: Smart Adeyemi Is 'My Political Wife' – Melaye
Dino Melaye, Smart Adeyemi

 

Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Kogi West Senatorial District election, Smart Adeyemi, says he will beat Senator Dino Melaye arms down in the fresh elections ordered by the Court of Appeal in a ruling on Friday.

Senator Melaye lost his appeal on the grounds that his application challenging the judgment of the Tribunal could not prove the allegations that he was not given a fair hearing.

Senator Adeyemi in a short message alleged that Senator Melaye had never won any election, owing to manipulations.

“Dino has never won any election, it’s all manipulations. But the judiciary has further reinstated our hope and that it’s the last hope of the masses.”

READ ALSO: ‘No Tension, No Pains’, Melaye Reacts To Defeat (Full Statement)

He further stated that both Melaye and he have no comparison, and he is sure of clinching the ticket in fresh polls conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“There’s no basis for comparison between me and Dino, if INEC conducts election again, I will beat him arms down.”

Meanwhile, Senator Melaye, in reaction to the judgment which sacked him as the lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district, said, “Court judgment is human judgment, I believe in the divine I mean God’s judgment.”

Kogi West: We Are Not Afraid To Go For A Rerun – Smart Adeyemi

 

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Kogi West Senatorial District election, Senator Smart Adeyemi, says his party is not afraid of a rerun.

He said this while commending the judgement of the Kogi State National Assembly and State Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal which sacked the lawmaker representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye.

On Friday, a three-man panel of the Tribunal led by Justice Anthony Chijioke had in a unanimous judgment ordered a fresh election in the senatorial district.

In his reaction, Senator Adeyemi noted that as a student of law, he has always believed that the court is where those who have been cheated get justice.

He insisted that he would reclaim his mandate in the rerun ordered by the Tribunal, stressing that he has built the image to win the election over the years.

READ ALSO: Smart Adeyemi Is ‘My Political Wife’ – Melaye

The two-time senator compared himself with Senator Melaye who contested the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He said, “We are not afraid to go for a re-run at all because the people can assess the two personalities. They know our antecedents, they know our track records, they know who we are and what we stand for.

Kogi West: Smart Adeyemi Is 'My Political Wife' – Melaye
Dino Melaye                                                                                                                             Smart Adeyemi

 

A Track Record

“They know our personalities; not only in Kogi West but Nigerians know the two of us. They know I have a track record of getting to where I am, so it is not a question of being on the street and becoming a politician.”

“No! I was not on the street. I’m proud to say that I was a practicing journalist and I was at a time, two-term National President of the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ). So I have a track record.

“And I was in the Senate for eight years and the people are there to assess my performance. As to whether I met their needs or their aspirations, I have no doubt that I did my utmost best,” Adeyemi added.

He further decried that the system was faulty to a point that “it is possible for people from nowhere to become leaders in this country.”

The APC candidate questioned the credibility of the official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that approved the result of the Kogi West senatorial district election.

He alleged that there were several alterations in the result sheet while collation was not done where it was supposed to take place.

Kogi West: Smart Adeyemi Is ‘My Political Wife’ – Melaye

Kogi West: Smart Adeyemi Is 'My Political Wife' – Melaye
Dino Melaye                                                                                                                              Smart Adeyemi

 

 

Embattled lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye has described Senator Smart Adeyemi as his ‘political wife’.

The lawmaker said this in an interview with Channels Television on Friday in Abuja after the Kogi State National Assembly and State Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal sacked him as the senator representing Kogi West district.

A three-man panel of the Tribunal led by Justice Anthony Chijioke had in a unanimous judgment ordered a fresh election in the senatorial district.

READ ALSO: Tribunal Sacks Dino Melaye As Senator, Orders Fresh Election

Melaye, who contested the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said he was not disturbed by the judgement, saying he had always defeated Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“I want to assure you that Smart Adeyemi is my political wife; I defeated him in 2015, I defeated him in 2019 and any day any time, he is my political wife,” the embattled lawmaker insisted.

He noted that there were two rulings from the Tribunal, stressing that the minority judgement was delivered by the chairman of the panel.

A Secured Mandate

Melaye described the Tribunal chairman’s judgement as “exclusive and wonderful”, but faulted the judgement of the two other members of the Tribunal who ruled against him.

According to him, the lead judgement was a miscarriage of justice which demonstrated the desperation to distract him from his governorship ambition.

The senator said, “I want to say that I cannot be distracted and I will not be distracted. My name is Daniel; I will not fall … I am focused on my governorship ambition and we will get it.

“The only time there will be election for the seat of the Senate in Kogi West is after I am sworn in as the governor of Kogi State.

“That will necessitate vacancy but before then, there will be no by-election as a result of attempted robbery that is going on right now.”

“Spiritually we are already in the court of appeal; physically we will be there on Monday. The only election that will be conducted is the governorship election that I will win. My mandate is secured, my mandate is guaranteed,” he added.