- The race for who occupies the Lugard House after Governor Yahaya Bello has commenced in earnest
- Dino Melaye, a former senator and House of Representatives member, is aspiring to replace Bello under the platform of the PDP
- Melaye was one of the spokespersons of the PDP presidential campaign council in the just-concluded elections
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FCT, Abuja - Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Senator Dino Melaye, has picked the expression of interest and nomination forms to contest the governorship primary elections ahead of the Kogi guber poll.
Melaye, 49, is a former senator and member of the 8th National Assembly, representing Kogi West Senatorial district.
A former member of the House of Representatives, Melaye is from Ayetoro Gbede in the Ijumu local government area of the north-central state.
According to Sahara Reporters, Melaye will slug it out with Senator Attai Aidoko, Barrister Kebiru Usman, Alhaji Abdullahi Haruna SAN, Barrister Reuben Atabo SAN, Gideon Ojata, Engr. Musa Wada, Engr. Bolu Femi, Arch. Yomi Awoniyi, and Idoko. K. Ilonah.
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Melaye’s senatorial district has never produced a governor of Kogi since the state was created in 1991.
Aide confirms Melaye’s entrance into the Kogi guber race
Speaking to Legit.ng, an aide to Senator Melaye, Sam J. Noni, confirmed that his boss is in the race.
In a telephone chat, Sam noted that his principal obtained the form at the thick of the presidential campaign.
“He obtained the form while we were campaigning for the presidential election, but he kept it low-key as the election then was a priority for him and, of course, the PDP.
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“So, regarding your question, he is firmly in the race, especially now that the presidential and National Assembly elections are over.”
On whether Senator Melaye has a chance to clinch the PDP governorship ticket, Sam said:
“He will win because he has the support of critical stakeholders of the party. I am very confident of that.”
The 2023 Kogi state gubernatorial election will occur on Saturday, November 11.
2023 elections: Group says Kogi West was mindless, provocative
Recall that the Kogi West Development Front (KWDF) declared that the election in Kogi West Senatorial District during the 2023 presidential and National Assembly elections was a heist.
According to the advocacy group, the exercise was an audacious subversion of the people’s will through daylight electoral robbery during the exercise.
The group’s president, Alhaji Lukman Muhammadu and secretary-general, Mr Victor Emmanuel, said such mindless acts could fire parts of the state.
Presidential election: Group berates US govt’s stance on exercise
In a related development, the Centre for Reform and Public Advocacy has criticised the United States government for congratulating the president-elect, Bola Tinubu.
According to the group, the US government should have waited for the courts to decide before congratulating the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate.
Ifeanyi Okechukwu, the group's spokesman, said the electoral commission failed to upload results from polling units in real time as stipulated by law; hence the exercise was flawed.