The violence that took over the governorship and senatorial elections in Kogi state has resulted in the death of a nephew to Senator Dino Melaye, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the re-run for the legislative seat.
Melaye confirmed the death of Olorunjuwon early on Sunday, November 17, saying the deceased paid the ultimate price for the liberation of the Kogi people.
“My nephew Olorunjuwon who was shot at my pooling unit yesterday died this morning. My brother your death is a Supreme sacrifice in the struggle for the liberation of our people. Rest in peace aburo… So sad,” Melaye mourned.
Melaye had earlier accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of forcing polling officers of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to sign new results while also raising an alarm that figures were being altered at the local government collation centres in favour of the party.
He accused the governor of the state, Yahaya Bello, of compromising electoral officers in the election.
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Melaye, however, noted that despite the violence that marred the election in his senatorial district, he was sure to win the poll adding that the result in his favour would remain the same even if the exercise is done 100 times.
“I am calling on the security agencies and INEC to respect their promise that where ever ballot boxes are taken away, it cannot be recorded and that votes in that unit will be cancelled.
“All these areas they have taken ballot boxes and ballot papers away should not be entertained to all at the collation centre,” he urged.