We’ve learnt lessons from Kogi governorship election – Dino Melaye

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Kogi state, Dino Melaye, says the Nov. 11 polls has shown that a single senatorial district cannot unanimously produce the governor.

Melaye, who came third in the election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, spoke on Thursday at a dinner in Abuja.

The PDP governorship candidate said that their campaign was violence-free and he was declared the best candidate in all assessments conducted by different groups.

He said; “Everybody has been served breakfast, I want to believe that by the grace of God, we have learnt our lesson from this election.

“So, all we need to do is not to get disillusioned, It is not to get disenchanted, It is not to get discouraged. It is for us to hold ourselves together as a political family and say, that what we lost on the streets, we will regain at the roundabout.

“And this election also taught a lot of lessons three lessons. One of the lessons is that the East now know more than ever before, that they cannot become governor alone. You will have to collaborate with another zone to become governor. And I want to believe that it is not over yet, it is not.

“The second lesson is also for those of us from the West. That next time we should listen to words of wisdom from our elders and not from commercialized characters, not from those who because of their individual and selfish interests created problems for us.”

The former Kogi West senator lamented that if the people of Kogi West had faith in his candidacy, he wouldn’t have lost.

Melaye added; “If you look at it, we have good spread irrespective of the suppression of our votes across. Even in the Central where they wrote results, we got votes in some places. In some of the results, we saw the mutilations where our votes were being canceled.”

Usman Ododo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared winner of the governorship election in the state.