The Senator representing Kogi West District in the National Assembly, and popularly regarded as one of the most controversial senators in the country, Dino Melaye, has declared his intention to contest the Kogi governorship election that is scheduled for November 16.
Senator Dino Melaye, reportedly made the declaration on Saturday during a meeting of Kogi West PDP executives held yesterday at his country home in Aiyetoro Gbede, Ijumu local government area of the state.
According to his media aide, Gideon Ayodele, his boss made the declaration during the meeting which held at the residence of Gen. David Jemibewon (rtd), an ex-Service Chief.
“The senator while soliciting the supports of the party executives, expressed optimism of emerging the next governor of the state,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dino Melaye took to his Twitter handle to express his willingness to run for the top job in the state.
It’s been reported that Senator Melaye, shared a photograph of himself speaking at a meeting which was accompanied by a cryptic message, wrote: “Kogites, here am I. Send me.”
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With this declaration, Melaye has joined the hordes of PDP governorship aspirants jostling to wrestle power from Governor Yahaya Bello.
No fewer than 40 aspirants are said to have indicated interest to contest the governorship election under the platform of the PDP.
In the APC, some major challengers, amongst them, a former Chief of Naval Staff, Jibril Usman and Yahaya Audu, a brother to late Prince Abubakar Audu have indicated interest to slug it out with Governor Yahaya Bello during the primary election scheduled for August.
The Kogo governorship race has been a subject of discuss in recent times with many politicians of the state being allegedly against the return of Yahaya Bello for a second term.