The All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Kogi west, in the last general elections, Smart Adeyemi, has disclosed his reasons for challenging the election that produced Dino Melaye as senator-elect for the district.
Adeyemi, during the inauguration of the National/House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal for Kogi state, faulted the result announced, saying it allegedly manipulated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to him, there was a clear indication of alterations, cancellations, manipulations and other irregularities in the result declared by INEC. “While we were gathered in Kabba, we were surprised when we heard that the collation of result has been taking to Lokoja.
“We hold bold to say that the change of venue for the result collation gave the PDP opportunity to alter and manipulate the result on their way to Lokoja.
“The case which Justice Okorowo made the ruling for the collation of result to be held at the district headquarters in Kabba was instituted by Dino Melaye and the PDP; It certainly calls for concerns that they can now sit comfortably for the change of venue.”
Meanwhile, Dino Melaye, representing Kogi west senatorial district, denied the rumour that he defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress after the February 23 elections.