Reps member floors Dino Melaye to clinch PDP senatorial ticket as he alleges gang up
The lawmaker representing Kabba/Bunu Ijumu Federal constituency, Hon. Tajudeen Yusuf, has defeated Senator Dino Melaye to clinch the Peoples’ Democratic Party senatorial ticket in Kogi State.
Yusuf defeated Melaye, who represented Kogi West in the 8th Assembly with 163 votes as against 99 votes polled by Melaye.
In a rerun election held Tuesday in Kabba, following a tie result of 88 votes apiece for the duo of TJ Yusuf and Dino Melaye after Monday’s delegates election.
In Kogi East, former banker, Dr Victor Adoji clinched the ticket to fly the flag of PDP at next February’s general election.
As of the time of filing this report, the delegates’ election to Kogi central is yet to be held after some of the aspirants’ picture did not appear on the ballot papers.
Yusuf is said to be supported by Rivers State Governor and 2023 PDP presidential aspirant, Nyesom Wike, while Melaye has the backing of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who is also running for president on the platform of the party.
Reacting to the outcome of the rerun on Tuesday evening, Melaye alleged ‘unimaginable gang up’ against him at the poll.
“The Primary has been fought and won. I congratulate Hon. T.J YUSUF and thank all those who voted in the first and second ballot for me. The Gang up is unimaginable but l give God praise. God bless you all,” he wrote in a Facebook post.