Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who lost his re-election bid has vowed to challenge the result of the election at the election petition tribunal.
Chronicle NG reported that Adeyemi Smart of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated Mr Melaye by 88,373 votes to 62,133 in the Kogi West Senatorial District election.
Reacting to his defeat via his official Twitter account, Mr. Melaye claimed that there were five assassination attempts on his life and that government institutions were used against him.
“I want to specially thank God almighty that he preserved my life after five attempted assassination, combined forces of security agencies, INEC, Federal, State and LG powers. I was fought on land, in the air and spiritually,” he tweeted.
He said he will challenge the result of the election at the tribunal. “I will challenge the temporal and evaporative victory of Adeyemi at the Tribunal. Victory attain by violence and fraud is tantamount to defeat..for it is momentary. It is not about Dino MELAYE, it is about Nigeria and our electoral system. I stay the course, not over yet. he added.
“The reaction of men and women of goodwill all over Nigeria especially the wonderful people of Kogi west who truly voted for me is a testimony that God is with me and with us all. I won the election and Adeyemi remains my political wife. Thank you Nigerians. Victory is certain.
“The forces against me are not beyond God. People should not worry about me, i am fine and will always be. I just thank God that the plan to kill me did not succeed..A living Dog is better than a dead Lion. I thank God for life. My name is Daniel I can not fall or fail,” he said.