As embattled Senator Dino Melaye, Senator representing Kigi West Senatorial District at the National Assembly, decamped backed to the PDP (CUPP) from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the Kogi West Elders Forum (KWEF), an arm of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, has rejected any attempt to impose Senator Melaye as the sole senatorial candidate on the people of the Kogi West come 2019.
The group whose main objective according to its Chairman, Hon. Shaibu Momoh, is to work with other stakeholders in the senatorial district to present a credible candidate from the Yagba area of the state, has vowed to resist the imposition of any candidate by any group or individual.
He went further to state that Senator Dino is from Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi West that has been producing the senator for the district for the past 12 years and that adding another four years would make 16 years while the rest six local government areas would still be waiting for their turn.
“The need for a shift to other local government areas became inevitable, universal option and has become a serious campaign issue.”
“PDP Leadership in Kogi West endorsed by the state leadership was the first party to take a firm decision to shift/zone the position to other Federal constituencies of the state for equity and justice, since over a year now.” He said.
According to him, “aspirants have emerged from other areas excluding Ijumu in PDP and they have been on the field carrying out their consultations and preparing their structures in preparation for the party’s Senatorial primary expending a huge amount of resources and time for the past 12 months. To now impose a strange candidate under a questionable reason will not only be wrong, unjust and unfair but also a total collapse of all efforts by our highly respected leaders at rebuilding and rebranding the party in the state thereby giving an opportunity and undue advantage to the opposition party APC that is in government to contend with,” he warned.https://kofenews.com/2018/04/28/maleye-arrest-based-instruction_nis/
The Chairman continued by saying that Senator Melaye, as he stands today, was not an asset to PDP but a very big liability because he had no noticeable structure and followers that can substantially erode the consequential damage, such imposition could cause on PDP in the state.
“The result of his recall failure by government-backed agitators is not because of his political strength but rather it is the reflection of the wider rejection by the people of the sitting APC government, their policies, unpaid salaries, pensions and gratuities and ethnic colouration.
“He is seen as too controversial and his unacceptable behaviours are the serious negative views of the public against him.
“He cannot win an election in a free and fair atmosphere and PDP should therefore not gamble with him as a candidate for now,” he stated.