- As part of its solidarity and introductory tours ahead of the 2023 general elections, a youth group has appointed Senator Dino Melaye as its grand patron
- The PDP youth group also bought the Senate nomination and interest form for Senator Melaye and donated a sum of N500,000 to his campaign
- The group is a youth and women political organisation established to promote, maintain and preserve the integrity, unity, and ideology of the PDP
FCT, Abuja - A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth group, PDP New Generation, has purchased the Senate nomination and interest form for Senator Dino Melaye and donated a sum of N500,000 to his campaign.
Melaye, 48, is gunning for the Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, a seat he occupied in the 7th and 8th Senate.
Presenting the forms to Senator Melaye, the national executives of the youth group led by its Director-General, Audu Mahmood said the organisation has also appointed the politician as its grand patron.
Mahmood said the presence of Senator Melaye in the 7th and 8th Senate was highly impactful to Nigerians in all ramifications.
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“His absence in the 9th Senate has created a very huge lacuna and in that regard, the group is pleading with him to return back to the 10th senate to defend and protect the interest of Nigerians.”
He promised to ensure that the group will give Senator Melaye all the necessary support to see that he is sworn in as a member of the 10th senate in June 2023.
“We at the PDP New Generation will continue to support all party faithful, and promote the activities of the youth and women amongst us.
“As young people ourselves, we will continue to seek the development of our great party and advocate for youth inclusiveness and participation in politics. We are the leaders of today and the platform for young people - is the PDP.”
Senator Dino, in turn, accepted the appointment of Grand Patron of PDP New Generation and expressed his sheer surprise at the gesture.
“This is emotional and overwhelming for me. I thank you all and I thank God.”
Legit.ng gathered that the PDP New Generation is a youth and women political organisation established to promote, maintain and preserve the integrity, unity, and ideology of the People’s Democratic Party with a commitment to the growth of democracy in Nigeria.
2023: PDP more united, cohesive than ever, says Gov Okowa
Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state on Monday, March 14 said the PDP had never been stronger, cohesive, and more united than now and warned against acts that could undermine the new spirit in the party.
Okowa said that if PDP faithful avoided acts that could cause distraction, the party would win massively in the 2023 general elections.
He made the remarks at the swearing-in of his senior political adviser and three special advisers at Government House, Asaba.
2023: INEC charges political parties to respect court orders, electoral guidelines
On its part, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged political parties and their stakeholders to obey court orders and statutory guidelines in their conduct ahead of the 2023 general elections.
INEC secretary, Rose Oriaran Anthony said this while receiving a letter from a group known as Guardian of Democracy and Rule of law who organised a solidarity rally to the commission over the recently signed 2022 electoral law.
The secretary who received the letter on behalf of the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, assured the activists that INEC as a law-abiding commission will continue to respect the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the judiciary in particular in all her undertakings.