Defection: PDP Rejects Dino Melaye

By Ikenga Chronicles July 9, 2018

The Kogi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), under the aegis of the Kogi West Elders Forum (KWEF), has rejected any move to impose Senator Dino Melaye on them, as a candidate of the party in the 2019 elections.

The elders who spoke through the chairman of the forum, Hon. Shaibu Momoh, in Lokoja, on July 8th, 2018, lamented that Dino Melaye is a controversial figure who cannot win in a free and fair election in Kogi State.

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According to Momoh;

“He is seen as too controversial and his unacceptable behaviors led to the serious negative views of the public against him. He cannot win any election in a free and fair atmosphere and PDP should therefore not gamble with him as a candidate for now. He needs a serious reformation period which PDP Kogi state do not have the luxury of time to dispense. The leadership of PDP in the state under the apex leadership of two former governors of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, Captain Idris Wada, Senator Tunde Ogbeha, Alhaji Musa Ahmadu,and host of other critical stakeholders have been struggling to rebrand a PDP that can recapture power from an aggressive non-performing government of APC in the state.

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“They have reconciled several prominent strong men and women who came back to the party and their re-entrance to PDP is without any condition or concession but genuine. Some restructuring on House of Representatives, Governorship and state Houses of Assembly are on-going and imposition of a Senatorial candidate will cause a major derailment and unimaginable crises that PDP may not be able to overcome before the general election. The critical leaders are on ground and they understand this great danger and trap, hence their rejection of this Dino imposition.”

The elders however agreed that Senator Melaye can join the party as is his right, but stated that the time is not ripe for him to contest any election;

“Senator Dino Melaye is welcome to PDP as specified under the Constitution of the party. He is free to aspire to any position of his choice but must take cognisance of existing mutual arrangement. He will not be discriminated against in any form in the conduct of the affairs in the state. He should come into the party with genuine open mind and contribute meaningfully to growth of the PDP like any other senior members of the party,” Momoh said.

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Recall that Dino Melaye hinted that he will be leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC), for PDP in a widely circulated video, and through series of tweets.

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