What happened in Kogi State on Saturday was a civil war – Dino Melaye

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Senator Dino Melaye has described the Kogi State elections that was held on Saturday, November 16, as a civil war and not polls.

Melaye, who contested for the Senatorial seat for Kogi West District which was declared inconclusive, said the Kogi ‘civil war’ claimed 16 lives.

Melaye alleged that 16 people have so far been killed in the Kogi election violence. The senator, when citing an instance of irregularity in Okene local government, said the total number of votes INEC allocated to the APC exceeded the number of Voters Registration Cards (PVC) collected.

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Melaye tweeted: “What we had in Kogi is no election, what we had was a civil war that has claimed 16 lives so far. I will report Bello, Smart Adeyemi, Taofik, Speaker Kolawole and Sunday Faleke to the international community and then proceed to Hague. This i promise,” 

Earlier, The Herald reported that  Yahaya Bello, Kogi state Governor-Elect,  on Tuesday, November 19, denied his alleged claims that he was owing salaries, saying it was a lies.

Bello said his administration met salary backlog owed workers in the state, but insisted that his administration was not owing workers.

The governor-elect, who said this while featuring on Channels Television, also alleged that thugs of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stabbed a resident after he was declared winner of Saturday’s election.

He said: “All these reports of me owing salaries are lies. Past governors of Kogi State were owning salaries starting from Audu to my immediate predecessor. Kogi state is not owning any dime at the state level, what is left is the ten percent from the previous government.

“As for El-Rufai kneeling, he was begging that Kogi people should forgive Bello for ensuring security and ensuring the state was peaceful and not because he could not pay salaries.”

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