Senator representing Kogi West District in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, has declared his intention to contest the Kogi governorship election scheduled for November 16.
Melaye, reportedly made the declaration on Saturday during a meeting of Kogi West PDP executives held yesterday at his country home in Aiyetoro Gbede, Ijumu local government area of the state, the senator made his intention public at a meeting in the residence of David Jemibewon, a retired major general.
His media aide, Gideon Ayodele, on Sunday said that his boss made the declaration during the meeting which held at the residence of Gen. David Jemibewon (rtd), an ex-Service Chief.
“The senator while soliciting the supports of the party executives, expressed optimism of emerging the next governor of the state,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dino Melaye took to his Twitter handle to express his willingness to run for the top job in the state.
If he emerges as PDP candidate, the senator will go head-to-head with his bitter rival and current governor of the state, Yahaya Bello. This also depends on if the ruling APC decides to field the governor as its candidate.
With this declaration, Melaye has joined the hordes of PDP governorship aspirants jostling to wrestle power from governor Yahaya Bello.
No fewer than 40 aspirants are said to have indicated interest to contest the governorship election under the platform of the PDP.
In the APC, some major challengers, amongst them, a former Chief of Naval Staff, Jibril Usman and Yahaya Audu, a brother to late Prince Abubakar Audu have indicated interest to slug it out with Governor Yahaya Bello during the primary election scheduled for August.
The political atmosphere in the state is gradually getting charged ahead of the November 16 governorship election.
Mr Melaye, a controversial senator, is being prosecuted by the police for allegedly aiding violence in Kogi and for allegedly attempting to commit suicide while being taken to Kogi by the police.