The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 11, 2023 governorship election in Kogi state, Senator Dino Melaye, has promised that the stool of Ata Igala will be properly placed and it will receive national and international recognition.
Senator Melaye made the disclosure during his courtesy call on the revered monarch, Ata Igala, Dr. Matthew Opaluwa Oguche-Akpa, in Idah, headquarters of Igala kingdom, on Tuesday.
He promised to accord the AtA Igala stool its rightful place, explaining that the stool is one of the most revered kingdoms across South of Sahara.
According to him, Ata Igala stool is respected and strategic across South of Savannah and North of Limpopo.
Melaye also promised to provide constitutional roles for the traditional rulers in the governance of the state.
He noted that his visit to the foremost traditional ruler is to announce his success at the PDP primary election and to seek his royal blessings to enable him to prosecute the election.
He praised the royal father for his forthrightness and commitment to fairness and justice, stressing that his prayers are devoid of network failure with God.
Melaye requested for the continuous prayers of the royal father to ensure that they emerge victorious at the polls.
“We have not come here to campaign because the time for campaign is not here but we have come to pay a courtesy visit on our father who I respect so much. As a government, we will dedicate a day to celebrate the stool of Attah Igala and the state will make a law that will allow our royal fathers to have engagement in the governance of the state.
“I will not be a Muslim governor or a Christian governor. I will not be an Igala, Ebira or Okun Governor but a governor with the fear of God. I will rule Kogi state with inclusiveness.
“We have come to you to seek your blessings as a revered Royal father and the representative of the Almighty God and I am sure that you have a strong connection with God that answers prayers,” he said.
Melaye promised that he will not disappoint Igala kingdom.
While responding to the courtesy visit, the Dr. Matthew Opaluwa Oguche Akpa prayed for the governorship candidate and asked that the will of God be done as Kogi decides who will rule the state for another four years.
He said “as the father of all, I bless anyone that seeks my blessings and I have always prayed that the person that the cap fits should emerge.
Melaye presented kolanuts to the council as a homage and respect to the traditional ruler as prayers were offered by the traditional ruler and his council.