Dino Melaye Loses as Engr. Wada Wins PDP Governorship Primary in Kogi State


The immediate past governor of Kogi State younger brother, Engr. Musa Wada has emerged the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary held in Lokoja on Wednesday, ahead of the November 16th election.

Engr. Musa Wada scored 748 votes, followed by Abubakar Idris with 710 votes, the former governor Captain Idris Wada came third, while Senator Dino Melaye came fourth.

Musa Wada, from Dekina Local Government area of Kogi State is said to be former governor, Captain Idris Wada’s younger brother and also in-law to another former governor, Idris Ibrahim.

Sorting and counting of votes was concluded following the invasion of the venue on Wednesday by some gunmen who disrupted the congress.

Voting had ended and the sorting of votes was going on when the gunmen came to the venue at about 1:45am Wednesday and started shooting from different directions.

Votes in eight out of the 10 ballot boxes have already been sorted and countered before the disruption by the gunmen.

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Following the disturbance, the Governor Umar Fintiri led election panel called for a meeting of all aspirants where after a marathon session, it was agreed that sorting and counting should continue.

Fortunately for the party, all agents already have figures of votes from the first seven ballot boxes that were already counted before the disturbance. The other three boxes yet sorted out were in the possession of Governor Fintiri panel.

Meanwhile, Engr. Musa Wada has expressed optimism that the state is set to experience a new lease of life if elected as governor in the November 16th polls.

The PDP Governorship hopeful expressed gratitude to the executives, members and delegates of the party for the overwhelming support that made him emerge victorious at the party’s governorship primary.

The PDP governorship candidate in a statement, described the election as keenly contested, noting that all the aspirants that contested with him were very qualified to be governor, but said by Providence, he emerged the party’s flag bearer.

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Engr. Musa Wada thanked the other contestants for putting up a good fight, just as he thanked them for accepting the result and for their sportsmanship, urging them to join hands with him in making the state a better place to live.

While promising to run an all-inclusive government if elected, the PDP governorship candidate called on all those who contested with him, the members of the party and all Kogites at home and in the diaspora to join hands with him in taking the state out of the woods.

Engr. Wada described the current situation in Kogi state as unacceptable.

The PDP candidate also lamented the sufferings of the citizens, promising to offer quality leadership that would make the state the envy of all if given the further mandate by the people.