With an unanimous tribunal judgment that annulled the election of Senator Dino Melaye on Friday, Senator Smart Adeyemi’s supporters now feel extremely confident that he will soon return to the Senate, one of them , Honourable Dare Olayemi has said.
“Right now, our leader and APC candidate, Senator Adeyemi, is on his way back to Lokoja and we are commencing preparations for his return to the Senate.
“The PDP Senator he defeated at the tribunal (Senator Dino Melaye ) can now concentrate fully on his gubernatorial ambition, while Senator Adeyemi prepares to continue his populist representation of the people of Kogi West,” Olayemi said.
Speaking in the same vein, Mr. John Alege, a consultant who is also one of Senator Adeyemi’s loyalists, affirmed that APC’s complete dominance of the Kogi State House of Assembly and its immense popularity along with Senator Adeyemi’s antecedents all combine to make the coming election very predictable.
“Senator Adeyemi has patiently waited for what is his and Dino can now concentrate on what will likely turn out to be a doomed gubernatorial run,” he added.
In its unanimous judgment yesterday, a three-man election tribunal led by Justice A. O. Chijioke agreed with Senator Smart Adeyemi’s objections to Melaye’s purported victory, citing three grounds of irregularities , over-voting and non-compliance with the Electoral Act.
Although Melaye was declared winner of the Kogi West senatorial election with 85, 395 votes to 66, 902 votes scored by Adeyemi, the tribunal unanimously annulled the election and ordered another election in the senatorial district.
Recalling his long involvement in grassroots political maneuverings in the area and other parts of Kogi state, Mr. Dare Olayemi expressed optimism that there is no legitimate way for anyone to beat the APC senatorial candidate in the senatorial district that includes Kabba and Lokoja, the state capital.
“We know where intra-party frictions existed in the area but long before this judgment, we had resolved all outstanding issues and APC’s victory is the only thing that is assured whether the senatorial election is repeated today or next year,” he stated.
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