Senator Dino Melaye whose election as the Kogi West Senatorial District lawmaker was nullified by an Appeal Court on October 11, has rejected the results of the rerun election held on Saturday, November 16.
The Kogi politician who described the election as “helicopter election”, told newsmen that it was marred by compromise, extreme violence, and rigging. According to Dino, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should have stopped the collation of results following the violence recorded in the election.
“The innovation is that what we had is what I have christened ‘Helicopter election’. For the first time, rigging has been advanced to the level that now the use of a helicopter in perpetuating this electoral atrocity manifested yesterday” he told newsmen in Abuja.
“Helicopter hovering around Polling units in Lokoja, dropping bullets on innocent, harmless citizens and electorate; and as I speak, yesterday, teargas being fired from this helicopter.
“Despite the fact that this helicopter was used in harassing, intimidating and firing innocent electorates, the votes of those places were carted away and taken to the government house, stuffed and brought back to the collation centre and they have been accepted and admitted and collation is ongoing.
“They brought mayhem on my own community and even killed my nephew, we are waiting to see what INEC will do, but I reject in totality, this fictitious result and I want to say that all these are not about the election, it is about Dino Melaye,” Dino added.