Newly elected governor of Kogi state, Usman Ododo of the All Progressive Congress (APC) cannot rest easy yet as his two major rivals in the election, governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Social Democratic Party in Kogi State, Dino Melaye and Muritala Ajaka, have rejected him as the winner of the Saturday election.
Usman Ododo was declared the winner of the poll, on Sunday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Electoral Commission had on Sunday declared Ododo winner after scoring a total of 446,238 votes to defeat his opponents, Ajaka and Melaye who polled 259, 052 votes and 46,262 votes respectively.
However, Melaye has called for the cancellation of the election due to what he termed “irregularities that marred the election.”
Melaye on Sunday in Lokoja said the irregularities that marred Saturday’s election in all three senatorial districts were unprecedented in the history of the state and should not be allowed to stand.
Describing the exercise as “shameful and unhealthy”, Dino lamented that INEC has not learnt any lesson to realise, ameliorate and palliate the problem it created for the democratic process during the general elections in the country.
Dino: “Yesterday (Saturday) in the five local governments of Central Senatorial District in Kogi State, there was no election. Surprisingly, accreditation was done manually, the BVAS was not used, prepared result sheets surfaced even before accreditation and evidence is all over the media.”