By Femi Fani-Kayode
Despite all his loud and boastful rantings, puerile noise-making, clownish behaviour, crude bum-fuckery, infantile court-jesting, nauseating gorilla-dancing, gratutious insults, foul-mouthed bluster, tough guy “gra gra” and area boy antics and in spite of his membership of the ‘Bugger Me Stiff United Football Club’, he received the flogging and trouncing of his pitiful life in the Kogi state Governorship election.
Out of the 751,000 votes that were cast he could not even muster up to 47,000. That is approximately 5%.
Worst still he came in a very distant third in the race and some have even said fourth! How sad!
This is a man that was once elected as a House of Reps member and a Senator!
This is a man that mocked PBAT for his age, called him a drug dealer, accused him of being a drug addict, threatened to violate the honor of the First Lady, rolled all over the floor during the presidential campaign rallies in the name of depicting our President as an invalid and geriatric and threatened us with hell, fire and brimstone if Asiwaju won.
Well today he is where he is and politically its all over for him. How are the mighty fallen!
It appears that the White Lion of Kogi made good his promise and has retired him from politics permanently.
My heart goes out to him. 🤣
Dino Melaye, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of “allocating” votes during the Saturday’s governorship election.
Speaking during an interview with Channels Television on Monday, Melaye claimed there was no election in the state on Saturday.
On Sunday, Usman Ododo, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared the winner of the Kogi state governorship election.
Ododo polled 446, 237 votes to defeat Murtala Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who came second with 259,052 votes. Melaye came distant third with 46,362 votes.
Reacting to the outcome of the poll, Melaye said the Kogi election was “shameful”, noting that democracy has suffered a “setback” in the country.
The PDP governorship candidate said he cannot accept the outcome of an election that was “far from credible”, adding that this is not the first time he has lost an election.
“There was no election and I’m going to prove it. There was only allocation of votes by INEC,” he claimed.
“The election is shameful. I sympathise with this country. It is a big shame.”
During the election on Saturday, Melaye was not sighted at his polling unit located at Ayetoro ward 1, Ijumu LGA, Kogi west senatorial district.
It appeared that the PDP candidate did not vote during the election.
Meanwhile, he won his polling units with 210 votes against APC’s 22 votes.
When asked whether he voted during the election, Melaye said casting his vote did not matter legally, adding that it was immaterial.
“The issue of voting or not voting does not have legal status,” he said.
“People win elections from prison but if we want to go into the discussion about this election, we must discuss the processes and conclusion instead of buying time to discuss issues that are not relevant to the election.
“Legally, it has no relevant to the election. Whether I voted or not, it is immaterial.”