Dino Melaye submits another petition to INEC, wants supplementary poll postponed

Dino Melaye

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Kogi West Senatorial election, Dino Melaye, has called for the postponement of the supplementary election scheduled for November 30.

Melaye called for the postponement on Wednesday when he visited the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja, after submitting another petition on the election.


The Kogi West senatorial election held concurrently with the governorship election on November 16 was declared inconclusive.

Melaye, who lost his nephew in the violence that occurred during the election, said INEC should postpone the election until it is able to address what he described as ‘noticeable infractions’ in the election and concerns over areas where the supplementary election would be held.

The controversial lawmaker had on November 20 submitted a petition, calling for total cancellation of the election, to which he attached 21 clips and other documentary evidence to prove that there was no election in the senatorial district.

He added that he returned to INEC because he had not received a reply to his earlier petition, adding that there was also no public announcement that a panel was set up to investigate the issues raised in the petition.


“What is new in what we have submitted today is that we have attached a copy of form EC8B of Ward A in Lokoja Local Government area, where INEC, during collation, had cancelled results of nine out of 23 polling units in the LGA,” he said.

Melaye added that results were cancelled in other polling units during collation, including Abugi, Ole and other places, but the aforementioned were not captured among the areas where INEC said that supplementary poll would take place.