The incumbent Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Smart Adeyemi has lost his re-election bid to former House of Representatives member, Sunday Karimi in the All Progressives Congress Senate primary election held in Kabba.
Announcing the result, the returning officer, Abubakar Bashir Gegu announced that the winner of the election, Karimi polled 288 votes, and Aina Olumuyiwa Olasakanmi came behind him with 73 votes.
The incumbent Senator Adeyemi scored 43 votes, and Isah Abdulkareem Usman with 9 votes, while Adedoyin Elizabeth scored 1 vote.
“This is to certify that, Honourable Karimi Sunday Steve having scored the highest number of votes cast, is hereby declared the winner of today’s primary election. Congrats,” Gegu announced.
Recall that Senator Adeyemi had in a statement yesterday declared that he will not bow to orders of the powers that be to step down of the race, alleging threats to his life, and insisting to run against an “anointed candidate.”
He stated his resolve to go ahead as one who have always stood by what he believes in, irrespective of the consequences.
“The allegations I am making is that certain individuals have been penciled down as anointed candidates in the upcoming elections. AND I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEMS WITH THAT. However, this must not be to the EXCLUSION of any other candidate who is desirous of exercising his fundamental human rights.
“Asking that I step down, not on the account of non-performance? The records are there for ease of verification. I have not missed a single sitting at the Senate and while in attendance, I have been most active in my primary responsibility. I have sponsored more bills than most even in three terms accumulatively just in the two years I have been back, ” he said.