By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
It was wide jubilation on Sunday when the Returning Officer for Kogi West Senatorial rerun election declared Senator Smart Adeyemi the winner of Kogi West Senatorial Seat.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) agents and supporters of Senator Adeyemi went into wild jubilation at the Local Government INEC Collation Centre in Lokoja.
The outcome of the rerun and supplementary elections indicated that the Senator who represented Kogi West in the 7th Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye has lost his seat at the 8th Assembly.
He was defeated after the result of the rerun held on Saturday by his long-time rival and two-term senator who represented Kogi West between 2007 to 2015 in National Assembly, Senator Adeyemi was declared in favour of Adeyemi.
According to the Returning Officer, Professor Olaide Lawal of Federal University Oye Ekiti stated that Adeyemi polled a total of 88,373 votes to defeat the main opponent Dino Melaye who polled 62,133 votes.
Lawal said that the rerun becomes necessary in view of the fact that was no clear winner emerged in the last Senatorial.
He said that the margin lead of win was less than the cancelled votes which means, the election was inconclusive according to electoral laws.
However, the Kogi state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor James Apam has blamed the low turnout on political parties failure to effectively mobilised their supporters to go out and cast their votes.
He was speaking against the backdrop of voters apathy in most py units visited by our correspondent in Lokoja wards.
While speaking with newsmen shortly before setting out to monitor the election, the REC said the parties should be blamed.
Apam said that instead of the political parties to embark on membership drive aimed at convincing their supporters on the need to come out and vote for them would not do so but turn around to blame INEC for poor turnout of voters.
The journalists who went round noticed low turn out some polling units this was as a result of fear of a repeat of the violence that greeted the November 16 election.
Bala Bariga,a PDP chieftain who spoke with our correspondent at Ward C,Unit 001attributted the low turn out to fear of vote not counting as it was during the last election.
He also said more voters stayed away for fear of being caught in any cross fire.
However,there were no reported case of violence as the few voters on the queue were seen casting their votes without any incidence. Our correspondent also visited Ward D,Yaragi polling unit 002 where voters were seen casting their votes peacefully.
Meanwhile, former Senator Dino Melaye have vowed to approach the courts to seek redress.
The maverick politician who spoke shortly after casting his vote on Saturday said that he would be approaching the election petition tribunal if the Independent National Electoral Commission does not review the last election.
“What we have as result is fraud… a major fraud,” the November 16 election was a fraud that would not stand.”
He said he has sent petitions to the effect that the earlier election was fraudulent, while “the supplementary election amounts to building something on nothing.”