- The hope of Senator Dino Melaye to return to the National Assembly in 2023, was on Tuesday evening, May 24, dashe
- Melaye's political rival, Hon. Tajudeen Yusuf, clinched the PDP's senatorial ticket for Kogi West as polled 163 votes
- In his reaction, Senator Melaye congratulated TJ Yusuf but alleged that there was an "unimaginable gang up" against him
Kogi - Senator Dino Melaye has lost the Kogi West senatorial ticket of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to Hon. Tajudeen Yusuf.
Legit.ng gathers that TJ Yusuf, a three terms House of Representatives member, had levelled with Dino on Monday night, May 23, when they both scored 88 votes apiece; leading to a rerun.
How TJ Yusuf won rerun
At the rerun on Tuesday, May 24, Yusuf was able to secure a majority of the votes.
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While TJ Yusuf was rooting for Nyesom Wike in the state for the PDP's presidential ticket, Dino Melaye was backing Atiku Abubakar, turning the game to a royal rumble of two influential presidential aspirants of the party.
TJ Yusuf, however was able to draw sympathy from the camp of the former governor Ibrahim Idris whose favourite candidate, Sam Aro, polled 72 votes on the first run of the senate primary on Monday.
The Sam Aro bloc vote swung the election in favour of TJ Yusuf and permanently sealed Dino Melaye’s fate as far as 2023 Senatorial ambition is concerned.
Dino Melaye reacts, alleges gang up
Reacting, Senator Melaye alleged that there was an "unimaginable gang up" against him.
Teejay Yusuf speaks after winning Kogi west PDP primary, cautions supporters against mocking Dino Melaye
Nevertheless, he congratulated TJ Yusuf on his victory at the primaries.
Melaye wrote on Facebook:
"The Primary has been fought and won. I congratulate Hon. T.J YUSUF and thank all those who voted in the first and second ballot for me. The Gang up is unimaginable but l give God praise. God bless you all. SDM"
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The politician who polled 264 votes to emerge winner at the party’s primaries has declared that all hands need be on deck to wrest power from the ruling APC.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng, Adewale noted that he will work assiduously to ensure other aspirants not so favoured are brought into the fold to ensure the required synergy at the poll for better delivery.