Dino Melaye, a lawmaker who represented Kogi West Senatorial district and the spokesperson of 2023 Presidential candidates of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has been declared the winner of the PDP gubernatorial primary in Kogi State.
As announced by the returning Officer for the election, Melaye scored 313 votes against Idoko Ilonah’s 124 votes.
Others are: Awoniyi Sunday: 77 votes; ; Musa Wada: 56 votes
Bellnewsonline.com reports that a total of 27 individuals had picked up Expression of Interest forms to contest in the primary elections.
The primaries featured several notable personalities aside the former senator, including former deputy governor of the state Yomi Awoniyi, and former senator Attai Aidoko. Others who also contested include Kebiru Usman, Abdullahi Haruna, Zakaria Alfa, Musa Wada, Bolu Femi, and Idoko Idah.
There were reports earlier in the day that former Vice President and PDP presidential candidate in the last election, Atiku Abubakar, is backing Dino Melaye for the governorship position, while the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, is supporting Idah.