Melaye’s Emergence As Gov Candidate Dangerous, Says Ex-Deputy Gov

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A former deputy governor of Kogi State, Yomi Awoniyi, says the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary in Kogi State on Sunday lacks credibility.

A former senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, emerged winner of the primary with 313 votes. Awoniyi came second  with 77 votes.

But in a statement on Monday in Lokoja, Awoniyi described Melaye’s votes as products of “tainted delegates list.”

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“Without an iota of doubt, I make bold to say Senator Melaye’s victory is a pyrrhic one. This victory portends great danger to the unity of our party and the prospect of winning the November 11 governorship election.

“The primary that threw up Senator Melaye was flawed; 158 delegates, who emerged from the state ad hoc congress of March 29, 2023, were replaced by the woeful Senator Abdul Ningi Congress Committee,  working in concert with Senator Dino Melaye’s enablers within the party hierarchy at the highest level.”

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Awoniyi contended that “to  gift any aspirant, a total of 158 votes in a contest for 739 votes, involving eight aspirants is not a fair contest. It is fraudulent, duplicitous, sinful, and unwholesome because it confers an undue advantage on the favoured aspirant. Senator Dino Melaye won a fraudulent primary.”

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