Kogi election: Melaye reveals why he got less than 50,000 votes

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the governorship election in Kogi State, Senator Dino Melaye, has reacted to his defeat at the poll.

The former Kogi west senator claimed that some opposition parties planned for his third position in Saturday’s governorship poll.

Melaye said what transpired on Saturday was not an election but an “allocation of votes”.

Politics Nigeria reports that APC’s Usman Ododo won with 446,237 votes, defeating his closest rival, Murtala Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party, who garnered 259,052, while Melaye had 46,362 votes — about 5% of the entire votes casts.

“A meeting was held and they said, ‘Dino Melaye must not come second because if he comes second, it’s dangerous… so, he must become a distant third.’ There was no election; there was only allocation of votes,” Melaye told ChannelsTV.

He noted that votes were allocated to the SDP candidate, Ajaka, in the eastern part of the state.

As regards not casting his vote, Melaye said: “The issue of voting or not voting has no legal status. People win elections in prison. Legally, it has no relevance to the election. Whether I voted or not, it is immaterial.”