Dino Malaye petitions INEC, calls for total cancellation of Kogi West poll

Sen. Dino Malaye, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Kogi West Senatorial District Election, has petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the Saturday election.

While submitting the petition at the INEC headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday, Malaye called for the total cancellation of the senatorial election.

The petition addressed to INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, was received by INEC National Commissioner, Mr Festus Okoye and the Secretary to the Commission, Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony.

Melaye said he was at the commission to submit his petition.

He said that he also copied the National Commissioner supervising Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, as well as 21 Video CDs documentary evidence to prove that there was no election in Kogi West on Nov. 16.

“The content of my petition is that I am demanding the entire cancellation of the election.

“The demand is based on electoral malpractices, violence, ballot boxes stocking, the use of helicopters to intimidate voters among other electoral crime committed on Nov. 16,’’ Malaye said.

Melaye alleged that the election results were manipulated and16 lives were lost, including his nephew who was killed by hoodlums.

He said that he had pictorial evidence of all the incidences of violence that took place during the election and the collation process.

“This is not an election; we are going to take it up and fight for our right to finish,’’ Malaye said.

He also alleged that votes were returned in places where there was violence and where people were killed, adding that he won the election.

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Melaye in the petition, dated Nov. 18 and signed by his Lawyer, Mr Tobechukwu Nweke said the 21 copies of video discs captured total sabotage of the electoral process that marred the election to the Kogi West Senatorial District.

These, according to him, include widespread violence, gunshots and killings, disruption of the election, snatching of ballots, multiple thumb printing, several electoral malpractices and irregularities.

He urged the commission to study painstakingly, the events captured in the said video discs, which reveal that election was not conducted in Kogi West and to cancel the entire election.

 He alleged that the election was not conducted in substantial compliance with the dictates of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) as well as the requisite Guidelines and Regulations issued for the election.

“We urge the commission to cancel the entire election to the Senate of Kogi West Senatorial District held on Nov. 16.’’

Reacting to the comment credited to the Inspector General of Police that fake police officers operated during the Saturday election in Kogi, Melaye said such was condemnable.

“If fake police officers overpowered over 66,000 security officers deployed for Kogi and Bayelsa, it means there is a problem in the country.

“If the police officers were fake, were the guns and bullets they used, fake?

“Was fake police officers that were driving police vehicles and helicopters?’’ Malaye asked.

Okoye who received the letter on behalf of INEC Chairman commended and assured Malaye that the commission would look into the petition.

He said that the commission would review the petition and the video CDs, consider the merit and get back to Melaye.

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“We assure you that this commission is a public institution.

“We exist because political parties exist and because Nigeria people want democracy.

“We are going to collect your petition and the Chairman and his National Commissioners will look at it and we assure you that we are going to continue to serve Nigeria people and do justice in all circumstances,’’ Okoye said.

By our correspondent

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