Newly elected All Progressives Congress’s senator Smart Adeyemi Sunday evening said the man he defeated in the recently held Kogi West senatorial election did nothing to merit re-election, describing him as “the worst senator Nigeria ever produced.”
Adeyemi said People’s Democratic Party’s Dino Melaye only achievement as a senator was the purchase of expensive cars for personal use.
“Dino is not a good representation of the people of Kogi West,” Adeyemi said on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
“Dino did nothing since he was there rather than buying cars and showing it (sic) to the Nigerian people.”
Melaye often posted pictures of his expensive cars in his garage on his social media pages. Adeyemi asked his rival to explain how he was able to acquire the cars between 2015 and 2019.
Adeyemi represented Kogi West in the Senate from 2007 to 2015. He was defeated by Melaye, who was then a candidate of the APC, in 2015.
Melaye later defected to the PDP in July 2018 and became a very vocal critic of the APC and its policies.
As a candidate of the PDP, Melaye again defeated Adeyemi, now of APC, in February. But Adeyemi contested his victory at the election tribunal.
The latest contest was won by Adeyemi after two rounds of elections.
But Melaye said Adeyemi’s victory is “temporal and evaporative,” vowing to contest the result announced by INEC in court.
“It is not about Dino MELAYE, it is about Nigeria and our electoral system,” Melaye wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
However, Adeyemi insisted that he won the election and that Melaye’s loss was his undoing.