No Retreat No Surrender: Melaye Storms INEC With 21 Video Clips Of Kogi Election Violence

Written by Rita Nwachukwu

Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye has said that his determination to retrieve his stolen mandate is a battle of no retreat, no surrender.


Melaye on Wednesday, stormed the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to demand the cancellation of the senatorial rerun.


The senator was said to have gone to the INEC office with 21 video clips showing  violence and indiscriminate shooting which marred the election.


He was received by the INEC Secretary, Rose Orianran-Anthony and National Commissioner/Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.


His petition to the electoral body, dated November 18 2019 and entitled: “A call for cancellation of the Election for Kogi West Senatorial District held on November 16 2019 in certain areas”, was filed by his lawyer, Tobechukwu Nweke.


Part of the petition reads, “In conclusion, sequel to the abovementioned spread violence, gunshots and killings, disruption of the election, snatching of ballots, multiple thumb printing, several electoral malpractices, irregularities and total sabotage of the electoral process cut across all the seven Local Government Areas in Kogi State which were demonstrated in the video footages attached herein, and the facts in paragraphs 1-5 above which reveals that the election was not conducted in Kogi State Senatorial District, 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 November 16 2019.”


Mr Okoye had said that the electoral body will take the necessary action after looking into the petition and the evidence he provided.

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