Media Aide to Senator Dino, Gideon Ayodele, is optimistic his principal would secure the party’s ticket.
He said Dino was not in the race for personal aggrandizement but rather out of his passion to rescue the people of Kogi State from the “current hardship and suffering inflicted on them by the present government.”
“I believe one thing; the time for Kogi citizens to smile is now and the man that is coming with the laughter is Senator Dino Melaye. The issue of the governor contending is not even sure. He is not even sure if he is going to win the primary of his party.
“So, we are not seeing him as a threat. Even within his (Dino’s) own party, the PDP, our people are more enlightened now than before. Our people know and want quality representations. If you check the history of those that have governed the state so far, there is no one that has gathered the political knowledge and experience before assuming office as governor.
“All of the life of Senator Dino Melaye has been in politics. Despite the fact that he read Geography, he has never worked anywhere with his certificate as a Geographer. All he has ever done has been politics.
“Right from school, he was a unionist and for over 12 years, he has been in the National Assembly where he has held key positions as committee chairman in charge of information as well as FCT. He will use his experience to bring Kogi back on track,” he said.
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Meanwhile, spokesman of the governor, Kingsley Fanwo, said the entrance of Senator Dino into the governorship race poses no threat to his boss.
Fanwo said: “Not at all. We believe the Governor has done enough to win re-election. Sen. Dino Melaye is contesting in a party that was roundly defeated in the last general elections.
“Though he won the Senatorial election which is being contested at the tribunal right now, his party could only manage one more Federal House of Representatives seat while they lost all the House of Assembly seats to the All Progressives Congress.
“Governor Yahaya Bello is poised to defeat anyone who eventually picks the ticket of any of the other opposition parties, including the PDP.”
No doubt, a political contest between Bello and his estranged friend, Melaye would indeed be one event to behold.
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