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Kogi Rerun: PDP issues directive to members, supporters on Dino Melaye, Smart Adeyemi’s election

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sunday night, November 24, urged its members and supporters of Dino Melaye in Kogi West Senatorial District to brace up and get ready for a triumphant supplementary election on November 30.

The party issued a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said that nothing would deter PDP from picking the Senate seat.

Ologbondiyan called on all PDP members, supporters, citizens and voters in Kogi West to be united.

He urged them to be “ready against any repressive forces that might attempt to forcefully invade any polling unit, disrupt electoral process or alter results as witnessed in the November 16 elections”.

The spokesman said that Kogi, and particularly Kogi West, remains home of PDP and the people were not ready to accept any impunity.

”Our party charges the people of Kogi to come prepared to vote, protect their votes and ensure that they stamp their will on the ballot despite the odds.”

He cautioned security agents as well as INEC officials against subverting the will of the people, adding that such was “capable of attracting dire consequences”.

“The party directs its members to stay united under their leaders in the area as they will continue to be updated of vital information ahead of the election.”

Ologbondiyan said that the PDP was mourning compatriots killed in the Nov. 16, restating that their death would never be in vain.

Meanwhile, Newsflash247 had earlier reported that the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress, APC has instructed the security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to stop embattled Senator Dino Melaye from returning to the red chamber.

According to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, “we’re aware that security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have been instructed to stop Dino Melaye from returning to the senate.”

Melaye of the PDP had defeated Smart Adeyemi, his All Progressives Congress (APC) rival in the February election but the tribunal and appellate court annulled the election and ordered a fresh one.

In the fresh election which held on November 16, Melaye was trailing Adeyemi before the exercise was declared inconclusive while a supplementary poll was fixed for November 30.

In a statement on Saturday, Kola Ologbondiyan, spokesman of the PDP, said the party is worried about the poll as it does not trust INEC to conduct a free and fair exercise. 

Supporting the call for cancellation, Ologbodiyan said the APC-led federal government does not want Melaye because of his stand for the interest of the people. 

“It is public knowledge that all accredited local and international observers, including the Civil Society Situation Room, have declared that the elections did not meet the minimum standard for credible election and have unanimously called for outright cancelation,” he said. 

“There is indeed nothing to indicate that more people will not be massacred in the proposed Kogi West Senatorial re-run election. It is therefore doubtful if Nigerians will be prepared to participate in that re-run given their sordid experiences in the last election.

“There is already a growing consensus across the nation that participating in elections by INEC as presently constituted under the Buhari Presidency would amount to helping to legitimise illegitimacies and outright criminalities.

“Moreover, there are reports in the public space that the APC-controlled Federal Government does not want Senator Dino Melaye in the Senate just because of his forthrightness in defending the interest of the people.

“Nigerians recall with shock how, at the presentation of the 2020 budget, Mr. President reportedly asked Senator Melaye ‘you, you mean you are still in this chamber?’. A question which meaning cannot be far-fetched.

“Our party has been made aware of how INEC and security apparatus have been instructed to use all means to stop Senator Dino from returning to the Senate. INEC had also blatantly refused to consider Senator Melaye’s petitions regarding the November 16 election.”

Festus Okoye, INEC’s national commissioner on information and voter education, was not available for comment as of the time this report was filed.


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Ilesanmi Adekanbi

Ilesanmi Adekanbi is a Journalist by profession. He has been working in the Nigeria media industry for the past 6 years. He holds several professional certificates. contact me on email: [email protected]

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