The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Smart Adeyemi has been declared winner of the Kogi West Senatorial Election.
According to the INEC Returning Officer for election, Adeyemi polled 88,373 votes to defeat his closest rival, Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dino Melaye, who polled 62,133 votes.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had a week ago declared the election inconclusive because the margin between Adeyemi and Melaye is lower than the number of “registered voters in 53 polling units of the 20 registration areas in the zone where elections were cancelled.”
After the initial election, both candidates had respectively polled 80,118 and 59,548 votes.
The margin of 20,570 votes between the two candidates was far less than the 43,127 registered voters in the 53 polling units where elections were cancelled. Hence, the rerun.
Melaye rejected the results at the time.
Adeyemi is returning to the Senate about five years after he lost the seat to Melaye at the 2015 election.