The senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye has declined to lead the Kogi State governorship campaign for the November 16 poll.
Stakeholders in the state’s chapter had, during a visit to the Abuja secretariat on Friday, touted Melaye as the Director-General of the party’s campaign council.
But in a swift reaction, the senator, who did not accompany the stakeholders on the visit, said in a tweet and on his Facebook page, “Let me state categorically that I have turned down the position of Director-General of the PDP Kogi State governorship campaign council. I wish PDP all the best. When the truth is a casualty, there is chaos”.
Melaye had contested and lost the party’s September 3 primary election and had subsequently filed an appeal to the leadership of the party complaining that most of the ballot boxes containing his delegates’ vote were snatched when armed thugs invaded the venue of the exercise.
But the leadership of the party had insisted that the number of votes in the said missing ballot boxes was not enough to invalidate the victory of the winner of the primaries, Mr. Musa Wada who scored over 700 votes against Melaye’s 70 votes.
Majority of the 12 aspirants that contested the primaries with Wada, however, pledged to work for the unity and success of the PDP in the election.
Speaking on behalf of other aspirants, Muhammed Shuaibu Tettes, said the aspirants accepted the outcome of the primary election in good faith.
Tettes said, “As members of the Kogi PDP 2019 G- 12, the urgent need for intraparty cohesion and unity of purpose at this moment is recognized. It is for this reason that the candidacy of Engr. Musa Wada in considered worthy of undivided support as the task to rebuild Kogi starts in earnest.