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Politics of Tuesday, 23 May 2023


Dino Melaye's ambition threatened as ex-PDP Chair, others join APC, give reason

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Dino Melaye, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming Kogi state guber election, is facing a tough challenge ahead of the poll.

This is as Governor Yahaya Bello of the state received a group of former members of the PDP from the Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Area to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, May 22, The Tribune reported.

The defectors have pledged their support for the APC candidate in the election, Ododo Ahmed Usman, expressing their readiness to work hard and see the return of the ruling party in the state.

Abdullahi Ibrahim, the former caretaker chairman of the Igalamela LGA, alongside Hon. Adama Sani and Aikoye Anu, led the defectors from the Ajaka Ward 1 and 2 to join the ruling APC in the state.

Ibrahim, who spoke on behalf of the defectors, said their decision was informed by the remarkable work of Governor Bello, which had impacted positively in all the local government areas of the state.

The former PDP chieftain highlighted the rehabilitation of the Umomi-Akpagidigbo-Ugwolawo-Ajaka-Idah road, citing significant infrastructural projects in Igalamela as their major reasons for dumping the opposition party for the APC and support Bello's anointed candidate.

He further added that the accomplishment of Government Bello had led many opposition party members to join the APC, and they were ready to join the winning team.

Earlier reports indicated that Dino Melaye, a former senator representing Kogi West, has been elected as the PDP candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in Kogi state.

The governorship hopeful is a popular candidate considering his media presence and his credentials in Nigeria's political space.

Melaye was a former lawmaker both in the Green and Red Chambers but has made some comments in the past that may work against him, 2 of them have been analyzed.