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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Dino Wins, To Fly PDP Flag For Kogi West District


Senator Dino Melaye, representing kogi west senatorial district at the National Assembly was affirmed as the People's Democratic Party, PDP, flagbearer for the flank in the 2019 general election.

There was a twist in the PDP party primary as  four other contenders in the race were not cleared by the party screening committee while two others stepped down for the Senator who just returned from the APC to the party.

Those who stepped down for Melaye were former commissioner of local government and chieftaincy affairs, Tolorunjuwon Faniyi and the current House of Respresentives member for Kabba/bunu/ ijumu federal constituency, Hon. Tajudeen Yusuf.

According to report, those not cleared for the party primary includes; Sunday Karimi, member representing Yagba federal constituency, former acting governor of the state, Clarence Olafemi, Henry Ojuola and Ganiyu Salaudeen all from the Yagba federal constituency who felt it was their turn to produce the next senator for the district.

The affirmation party primaries was conducted at the Prestige hotels in Kabba, headquarters of the senatorial axis at the late hours of Tuesday.

Returning officer for the exercise, Mr. Jude Sule said Melaiye scored all the delegates votes from the seven council areas that made the district, and as such he has been declared the winner of the PDP party primary election in the district.

The exercise which was peaceful was monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and some security personnel in accordance with the electoral Act

In his post election speech, Melaiye said the affirmation was "Shocking but not surprising" bearing in mind that he has represented the axis wonderfully at the upper chamber at the national assembly.

He said the decision of the party to endorsed him will act as a tonic for him to work more for the district when he eventually wins his secord term bid.

However, he appealed to all other aspirants who were aggrieved about his choice for the party to let go of their anger and join hands with him to rid the state and the country of the bad governance of APC, both at the state and national level.

Meanwhile, tension was said to be very high at Idah, venue of the kogi East senatorial district where seven aspirants, including the incumbent senator Attai Aidoko are vying for the seat.

It was gathered that as at 6:00pm, the delegates were said to still be endlessly waiting for the arrival of the voting materials.

In a similar development, the central senatorial district is said to be in disarray as the three aspirants are also waiting for the election materials from the PDP headquarters.

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