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Kogi election: I can’t be Wada’s running mate, says Dino Melaye

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Dino Melaye, a senator representing Kogi West and aspirant for the forthcoming governorship election in Kogi state on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has debunked rumours that he is in the race to play a second fiddle.

The senator stated this in a statement signed by his media aide, Gideon Ayodele, on Thursday.

Mr Melaye denied plans to become a running mate to former Kogi governor Idris Wada ahead of the primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, insisting that he is better qualified since he has fresh ideas and clearer vision.

“Captain Wada lost the last election in the state even as a sitting governor.

“It would not make a political sense to become a running mate to such an aspirant.

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“I cannot be a running mate to Wada who was defeated as a sitting governor,” Mr Melaye said.

A group asked the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party to disqualify three aspirants who are from the same family seeking the party’s ticket to contest the November 16 election in the state.

The group made the request in a letter signed by its coordinator, Temitope Atteh, and addressed to the PDP national secretary, Umar Tsauri.

The forum identified the aspirants as Idris Wada, his younger brother, Musa Wada; and the former governor’s brother-in-law, Abubakar Ibrahim-Idris.


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