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INEC Denies Dino Melaye, Journalists Access Into Premises 

Jayfred Ugo

Jayfred Ugo

On Wednesday, the 27th day of November, a drama unfolded at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as Senator Dino Melaye, who was in the company of some journalists, was denied entrance into the premises. The sacked Senator who was representing the Kogi West Senatorial District was denied access into the premises of the Commission, where he had gone to submit more petitions to appeal the ruling of INEC in the just concluded senatorial election in Kogi.

Professor Olayinde Lawal, the Returning Officer of INEC, had announced that the overall margin between the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Smart Adeyemi, and Dino Melaye of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) was 20,570.

Prof. Lawal said Smart Adeyemi polled a total of 80,118 votes, while Dino Melaye got 59,548 votes from the seven local government areas in the senatorial district.

Recall, Dino Melaye, after the Kogi West Senatorial rerun election last week, stormed the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to express his disapproval of results of the election in the state. Sen. Melaye, who was received by INEC’s National Commissioner and Secretary, Festus Okoye, presented a petition with 21 video documentary evidence of electoral malpractices and violence.

During the attempt to gain entrance, which was stopped by a group of security personnel, a camera belonging to one of the Journalists had been seized by INEC but was later released when Melaye intervened.