Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday, formally presented its flag to the party’s governorship candidate in the November 2023 Kogi election, Senator Dino Melaye.
Melaye, a two-time member of the National Assembly, was unveiled as the standard bearer of the party after winning the April 16 primary election.
Kogi State Chairman of the party, Engr. Sam Uhuotu who made the presentation, called for the unity of all members to work for the victory of Dino Melaye.
Uhuotu appealed to members of the party to judiciously utilise the opportunity given to the party to take back power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
“We have gone through the rigours of primary and it was a very transparent one. There might be issues before and after the primary election but the opportunity to take back power in Kogi State is in our hands.
“I am appealing to you, all those who are aggrieved in one way or the other, that for the sake of Kogi State and for the sake of our children, allow such grievances be vacated from their minds.
“Vengeance is a visionless entity and we can not patronise it. We can see that God is creating a natural rotation system for us in Kogi State. We can also see that the narratives have changed and we can’t allow one part of the state to be cheating on the others. My position about this is clear and I am appealing that all of us should come together and take back our state and make it work,” he said.
Speaking shortly after the presentation, the PDP governorship candidate, Senator Dino Melaye, expressed his appreciation to every member of the party for the confidence reposed in him and promised not to disappoint them.
He said that Kogi has no business being poor as the state is sitting on goldmines 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 allocations. All these will be brought to a halt when I become the governor through you in November.
“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 investments to the state,” Melaye promised.
Also, speaking during the ceremony, a former governor of the State, Ibrahim Idris (Ibro), 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 as one big family and work together to install Dino Melaye in November,” Idris stated.