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General News of Monday, 27 February 2023


Drama as Dino Melaye challenge INEC Chairman over Ekiti results, video emerges

Senator Dino Melaye in Abuja Senator Dino Melaye in Abuja

The spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dino Melaye caused a stir at the National Collation Centre when he rejected the presidential results of Ekiti State, alleging over-voting.

The drama started when the former Kogi Central Senator who is also the national collation agent of the party challenged the figures announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission for Ekiti State.

He said the data from the party didn't correlate.

Recall that INEC in a similar meeting on Sunday, February 26 declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the elections in the state. Tinubu polled 201,494 defeating his closest rival Alhaji Abubakar Atiku of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who scored 89, 554.

Peter Obi of Labour Party polled 11,397 votes while Rabiu Kwankwaso of New Nigeria Peoples Party polled 264 votes; 1703 votes were cancelled due to bye-pass of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation Systems and over-voting, reports The Punch.

But making his observation, Melaye, said after calculation done by the PDP, there was a discrepancy of an increase of 887 in the total number of figures from Ekiti State.

The agents of the Action Alliance, Kenneth Udeze and Labour Party, Umar Farouk agreed with the observation made by Melaye

But INEC, chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu insisted that the commission stood by the result declared by the collation officer of Ekiti State, Prof. Akeem Olawale Lasisi, who is the Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Health Sciences, Ila Orangun, Osun State.

“I still insist that the figure presented by the state collection officer for the presidential election for Ekiti state of the total number of accredited voters is 315,058. This is what is on the spreadsheet that we screened yesterday. And this is also what is on the actual result manual recorded by the scope and signed by the PDP agent and agents of other political parties back in Ekiti state.

“But having said that, I’ve taken note of your observations, let us make progress on that one. But what we have here is exactly what I’ve said. And any other figure that is at variance with this one cannot supersede the official result presented. Let’s make progress.”

But Melaye continued and almost stopped the collation of results in Kwara state.