Human rights activist and former Kogi West senator, Dino Melaye, has described Saturday Kogi State’s Local Government election as virtual exercise, saying materials for the poll were no where to be found in many places.
The chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said the local government election was designed to flop as even areas that were lucky to get voting materials could not get what was adequate for electorates to exercise their franchise.
The firebrand politician tweets on Saturday : “Kogi State Local Government Election is ongoing. The election in most places is VIRTUAL. Because materials develop legs. Where they brought voting materials, it is a far cry from supposed numbers. Shame!!!”
Kogi State Local Government Election is ongoing. The election in most places is VIRTUAL. Because materials develop legs. Where they brought voting materials, it is a far cry from supposed numbers. Shame!!!
— Senator Dino Melaye. (SDM) (@dino_melaye) December 12, 2020
PlatinumPost reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is the ruling party in Kogi State and the state governor, Yahaya Bello, constituted the Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission (KOSIEC) that conducted the polls.
Meanwhile, the local government election was said to have been conducted under a peaceful atmosphere, even as APC candidates have reportedly swept the polls.
KOSIEC declared the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winners of the elections in Okene and Ogori-Magongo Local Government Areas.
Hon. Yakubu Chogudo, KOSIEC’s Commissioner in charge of media and publicity, who announced the results, declared that Malam Abdulrazak Yusuf of APC won the chairmanship position for Okene Local Government Council.
He said that Yusuf polled 113, 210 votes to emerge winner while the candidate of the PDP scored 1, 482 to come second.
Chogudo also announced that the candidates of the SDP and LP scored 411 and 348, respectively.
The commissioner similarly, announced that all the 11 councillorship positions in the council were won by the candidates of the APC.
Chogudo also declared Mr Goke Oparison of the APC as winner of the chairmanship election for Ogori-Magongo Local Government.
He said that Oparison won the election by scoring 11,119 votes to beat his PDP rival, who scored 338 votes.
Chogudo also declared APC candidates as winners of all the 10 councillorship positions in the local government.