A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant for the November 16 election in Kogi state, Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) said he is contesting the governorship election in the state to rescue the state from total collapse and build a new Kogi.
Melaye said this in Lokoja, the state capital during a media parley organised by the Kogi state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Wednesday, after his meeting with the members of the executive of the party at the party secretariat.
The lawmaker stated that Kogi state is too sophisticated to have Yahaya Bello as the state governor.
“Kogi state is too rich to be poor. Except we give the party ticket and elect Dino as Governor, we will only replace Yahaya Bello with another Yahaya Bello.
“Kogi State is not witnessing democracy. What we are witnessing is government of the greedy, by the greedy and for the greedy; best put as ‘greedocracy’. But when I come on board as governor, I shall build a new Kogi state where ideas will revolutionise the state.
“My administration will banish hunger from the state. Kogi has no business to be poor. I shall look into agriculture and technology to turn around the economic fortune of the state,” he said.
Melaye maintained that amongst the aspirants in PDP, he remains the best and most experienced to rescue the state from the present occupant.
“I have no father, uncle, In-law or godfathers to pilot my ambition; but I have the requisite requirements to face the APC candidate in the election.
“When Kogi was going through perilous times, and we are still going through it, when people were dying because of non-payment of salaries, when our human rights were infringed upon by Yahaya Bello, when robbery, kidnapping and killings were rampant in Kogi state, how many of the current aspirants spoke out for the people, how many of them confronted Yahaya Bello? Even now, as they round campaigning, they can bot call the name of Yahaya Bello because of fear.
“I fear nobody, I only respect human beings. I have been arrested 18 times within the last three year and I have 12 cases in court, but I’m still standing, I have what it takes to face and rescue the state from Yahaya Bello,” he said.