The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the November 16 Kogi West Senatorial rerun election, Smart Adeyemi on Tuesday launched an indirect attack on his opponent, Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by referring to him as a rascal.
Adeyemi who spoke in Kabba during the flag-off of his campaign sought forgiveness from his constituents and told them not to vote for a rascal that will disgrace the constituency in what might be a reference to his main rival.
“Please forgive me if I have offended you in the past; I have also forgiven those who offended me. Let’s forge a new beginning.
“Let’s not vote for a rascal who will disgrace our senatorial district. We cannot leave our senatorial district in the hand of someone who has no solid moral foundation or a drug addict or someone with questionable family background and characters.
“I will rebuild Kogi West’s image and serve you with dignity. Vote for APC; APC is for development. Vote for me because I am a man of proven integrity.
“I went to the National Assembly and returned with national honour. My antecedents as a legislator and former NUJ president speak for me. I will correct the mistakes and character of a man that claimed to have represented us”, he said.
On why he should be the re-elected, Adeyemi who doubles as the Director General of the Bello/Onoja Campaign Organization listed his achievements during his stint at the senate adding that he will do more if elected.
He said, “I sponsored up to 50 bills and 100 motions. One of the bills is the establishment of revenue board for FCT that was left hanging for 15 years. I built the stadium used for this rally in Kabba; I procured 22 ambulances and 100 hospital beds and mattresses. I bought 500 vehicles and gave to both those who supported me and those who did not support me. The list is endless”.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed the rerun election same day with the gubernatorial election in the state in what it said was a cost saving measure following the judgement of the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja that upheld the verdict of the Election Petitions Tribunal that nullified the victory of Melaye.