By Lateef Ibrahim
The former Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district, Dino Melaye has demanded for the cancellation of the last Saturday’s senatorial election in the district.
Senator Melaye made the demand on Thursday when staged a protest to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Abuja.
The Senator, who represented Kogi West district in the National Assembly until his election was nullified by the court of Appeal, which ordered a fresh election, pointed out that the Saturday’s election was fraught with all forms of electoral malpractices and intimidation of voters.
The Senator was received by the INEC Secretary, Rose Orianran-Anthony and National Commissioner/Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye.
The former federal lawmaker, who stormed the INEC headquarters with 21 video clips containing details of violence and indiscriminate shootings by alleged agents of the State government, declared that he is determined to retrieve the stolen mandate, adding. “It is a battle of no retreat, no surrender.”
The petition by Melaye, dated November 18 2019 and entitled: “A call for cancellation of the Election for Kogi West Senatorial District held on November 16 2019 in certain areas”, was filed by his lawyer, Tobechukwu Nweke.
The petition reads in part, “In conclusion, sequel to the abovementioned spread violence, gunshots and killings, disruption of the election, snatching of ballots, multiple thumb printing, several electoral malpractices, irregularities and total sabotage of the electoral process cut across all the seven Local Government Areas in Kogi State which were demonstrated in the video footages attached herein, and the facts in paragraphs 1-5 above which reveals that the election was not conducted in Kogi State Senatorial District, in substantial compliance with the dictates of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) as well as the requisite Guidelines and Regulations issued for the election we urge the commission to cancel the entire election to the Senate of Kogi West Senatorial District held on November 16 2019.”
Okoye, who received the petition on behalf of the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, promised that the commission would look into the petition and take necessary action.