Melaye emerges victorious in Kogi West senatorial contest

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Sen. Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party ((PDP) has been declared winner of the Kogi West Senatorial election held on Feb. 23.

Melaye had been in struggle with the state governor, Yahaya Bello, before decamping to the PDP.

His return bid to the upper legislative chamber was predicted to be a tough hurdle as he was contending with various court cases before the election.

However, the Returning Officer, Prof. Emmanuel Bala announced in the early hours of Monday in Lokoja that Melaye polled 85, 395 votes to defeat Sen. Smart Adeyemi of the APC who scored 66, 901 votes.