Smart Adeyemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi west senatorial rerun election, is leading Dino Melaye, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the results of the four local government areas announced so far.
While Adeyemi polled 5,609 votes in the four LGAs, Melaye trailed with 1882 votes, a difference of 3,727 votes.
In Lokoja, Adeyemi got 4,659 votes ahead of Melaye’s 920. In Mopa Moruo, the APC candidate had 309 votes, while his PDP rival secured just nine votes.
Although Melaye led with a small margin in Koton Karfe and Ijumu, where both men hail from, his loss in the two other LGAs affected his stand in the election. Melaye secured 376 votes in Koton Kafe local government while Adeyemi trailed with 287 votes.
In Ijumu, the PDP candidate got 577 votes while his APC rival secured 364 votes.
The results of four more LGAs are being awaited as of the time of filing this report.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the November 16 rerun in Kogi west inconclusive, announcing that the number of cancelled votes was higher than the margin between the PDP and APC candidates.
Adeyemi polled a total of 80,118 votes, while Melaye got 59,548 votes. leaving a margin of 20,570 while 43,127 votes were cancelled.