Kogi West senatorial rerun: I can't congratulate Smart Adeyemi - Melaye
The victory of Smart Adeyemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Kogi West senatorial rerun election, has clearly not gone down well with his opponent, Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Melaye, after the election on Saturday, November 30, said that he would reclaim his mandate because, according to him, he was voted and as such, won the poll. The former senator alleged that his mandate was stolen from him through violence and what he described as "national conspiracy." On his Twitter page, Melaye told Nigerians that Adeyemi and APC's victory in Kogi West was temporal. He went ahead to say that congratulating Adeyemi is much like hailing an armed robber after a successful operation. Meanwhile Smart Adeyemi on Sunday, December 1, spoke about his victory over Melaye who occupied the position before the poll rerun. Adeyemi likened Melaye to a boy who misused his opportunity of success through exuberance. Speaking with journalists after he was declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), illustrated Melaye's defeat with the story of a servant who stole his master's garment which happened to be too big for him making him to misbehave. He said Melaye wore an oversized garment as a senator and this caused him to become rascally and reckless. Adeyemi pleaded with those Melaye may have offended while in the Senate as a result of his character and actions.
Check out senator Dino Malaye's tweet below and some of the reactions he got from Nigerians :
Congratulating Smart Adeyemi will amount to congratulating an armed robber after successful operation. SDM.— Senator Dino Melaye. (SDM) (@dino_melaye) December 1, 2019