Senator Dino Melaye on Sunday thanked his constituents for rejecting attempts to recall him from Senate, saying the forces of evil will never triumph.
After electorates in the Kogi West senatorial district overwhelmingly sat at home Saturday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared in the early hours of Sunday that the exercise to recall the senator had failed.
At least 51 percent of voters are required to verify their signatures for the recall process to move to the next stage, but only five percent of registered voters turned out across the district.
A relieved Melaye spoke from the National Hospital where he had been receiving treatment since Tuesday after his tussle with the police, thanking his people for sticking by his side.
“Thank you my people. God bless you all. Thank you for the confidence reposed on me. I will not let you down. I will always stand by the truth and the people at all times. God bless Kogi West,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Every lie has an expiry date. Forces of evil will never triumph over forces of light. God is with us,” he added.
Melaye’s resounding victory has been widely seen as a major setback and humiliation for Governor Yahaya Bello, whom Mr Melaye had repeatedly accused of being behind his recall and a string of political attacks in recent months.