The Kogi State Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dino Melaye, has said the party stands remains the party to beat in the upcoming elections because of the level of devastation being left behind by the outgoing All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
He said this after a meeting of Kogi PDP stakeholders from the three Senatorial zones of the state, with the Members of the National Working Committee at the party‘s National Secretariat, in Abuja, on Wednesday.
Melaye said, “PDP is going to win the election in Kogi State because we have never had it so bad in the history of Kogi State.
“Our people were impoverished, salaries have not been paid, pensions have not been paid, gratuity has not been paid, the health sector is non-existent, in fact, all the General Hospitals in the state are mere consulting clinics.
“Education has gone moribund, this is what the PDP is coming to ameliorate and palate. I want to assure you that by the grace of God. With the resolutions of this meeting, with the strategy adopted in this meeting, PDP is good to go in Kogi State.
“My charge to Kogi State is that they should not be Intimidated by the APC, by the threat, violence, the humiliation by the APC should not deter them from exercising their Democratic rights. I want to assure you that we will protect our people.”
Earlier in his remarks, the party’s Acting National Chairman, Umar Damagun, expressed confidence that the party will emerge victorious.
According to him, the party’s leadership decided to convene the meeting in order to ensure that no stone was left unturned to ensure every party member and supporter in the state was onboard before the election.
Damagum said, “We have already seen prospects in the coming election in Kogi election, so this meeting is to know your challenges are and to know how to work on the reconciliation before the election.
“This reconciliation will take three stages from the ward, local government and state. I am glad most of the Senior Stakeholders are here and they are supposed to anchor that reconciliation. Because we from outside the state we can only encourage you to work on the reconciliation.
“I am delightful to tell you that the Osun State Governor who is the Chairman of the Kogi Campaign committee has promised that he will go to each zone to seat down with you on a Zonal basis. He will campaign in all these places and he is very much alive to this responsibility in Kogi.