Dino Melaye has been formally introduced as the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate for governor of Kogi State in the state’s election on November 11.
Party leaders from all three of the state’s senatorial districts were present during the ceremony on Wednesday in Lokoja, the state capital.
Speaking shortly after he was presented to the party faithful, Melaye expressed his appreciation to every member of the PDP for the confidence reposed in him and promised not to disappoint them.
He said Kogi had no business being poor as she was sitting on a gold mine enough to make the citizens of the state immensely rich.
“Kogi State has over 42 mineral resources untapped. There is nothing wrong if we have five Obajanas in the state. There is no reason why Ajaokuta should not be working. There is no reason why we should depend on monthly Federal Allocation. All these will be brought to a halt when I become the governor through you in November,” he said.
He added, “We have enormous resources and loose funds around the world waiting to be accessed. What you only need is enabling environment and ideas to access those funds. I will use my connection around the world to attract investment to the state.”
Melaye, a two-term senator from Kogi West, won the delegates’ vote on April 15 after receiving 313 votes to overcome his closest competitor, Jabiru Usman, who received 127 votes.
Speaking at the ceremony, former governor Ibrahim Idris urged party members to support Melaye, whom he described as a strong leader who will help the state recover from the last seven years of hardship.
“To do this, there is the need to see ourselves on one big family and work together to install Dino Melaye in November,” Idris said.