OrderPaperToday – Fresh from losing out in the highly disputed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Kogi governorship primary election, Senator Dino Melaye has rejected his appointment as the Director-General of the Kogi State Governorship Campaign Council.

It would be recalled that Musa Wada, younger brother to the immediate past governor of the state, Idris Wada, defeated Melaye and 11 others to emerge as the PDP candidate for the upcoming Kogi guber elections.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, had announced Melaye’s appointment as the DG of Kogi State Governorship Campaign Council.

However, in a swift reaction, Senator Melaye took to his official twitter handle @dino-melaye to reject PDP’s offer while sarcastically wishing the party “all the best”.

“Let me state categorically that I have turned down the
position of the Director-General of the Kogi State Governorship
Campaign Council.

“I wish PDP all the best. When truth is a casualty, there is chaos,” Melaye twitted on Friday.

These are tough times for the PDP, the country’s main opposition party. In the last two months, the party has battled a leadership crisis at the National Assembly following the emergence of Ndudi Elumelu as the House Minority Leader against the party’s anointed candidate, Kingsley Chinda.

The party has also been immersed in more crises following primary elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states. In addition, on Wednesday, the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal dismissed the petitions filed by the PDP Presidential candidate in the 2019 elections against President Muhammadu Buhari following his re-election.

Insult was added to injury when an influential party figure and Governor of Rivers State, Nyesome Wike openly congratulated the President even after the PDP rejected the tribunal’s judgement and indicated its intention to appeal at the supreme court.

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Damilola Zebulun Adeniran
Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is a Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellow. He is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank Group. Also, Damilola's written work on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) Marketplace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.


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