PDP unveils Melaye as Kogi gov candidate

The Kogi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has formally unveiled Dino Melaye as its standard-bearer in the November 11 governorship election in the state.

The ceremony held Wednesday in Lokoja, the state capital, was attended by the party leaders across the three senatorial districts of the state.

Speaking shortly after he was presented to the party faithful, Melaye expressed his appreciation to every member of the PDP for the confidence reposed in him and promised not to disappoint them.

He said Kogi had no business being poor as she was sitting on a gold mine enough to make the citizens of the state immensely rich.

“Kogi State has over 42 mineral resources untapped. There is nothing wrong if we have five Obajanas in the state. There is no reason why Ajaokuta should not be working. There is no reason why we should depend on monthly Federal Allocation. All these will be brought to a halt when I become the governor through you in November,” he said.

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He added, “We have enormous resources and loose funds around the world waiting to be accessed. What you only need is enabling environment and ideas to access those funds. I will use my connection around the world to attract investment to the state.”

Melaye, a two-term senator who represented Kogi West, was elected on April 15 in a delegates election having polled 313 votes to defeat his closest rival, Jabiru Usman, who polled 127 votes.

Also speaking during the ceremony, ex-governor Ibrahim Idris called on party faithful to rally behind Melaye who he described as a formidable personality who will bring the state out of the woods of the past seven years.

“To do this, there is the need to see ourselves on one big family and work together to install Dino Melaye in November,” Idris said.

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