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Kogi Election: Melaye Shares Video Evidence Showing Electoral Official Thumbprint Ballot Papers

Dino Melaye, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 off-cycle election in Kogi has released a video showing electoral officials thumb-printing ballot papers.
According to Melaye, electoral official had to pre-fill the ballot papers in order to give Usman Ododo, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, the numbers he needed to win the state’s governorship election on November 11.
“This is just one out of the many crimes they’re trying to cover. Electoral Officer, Okehi LGA opened his office for thumbprinting of ballot papers for APC Candidate. This was done to enable them to meet up with the figure pre filled on the result sheet.Police over to you,” Melaye wrote.
In the video, electoral officials were seen thumb-printing voting sheets.
Recall that Melaye declined to vote during the election in protest of the claimed widespread rigging that occurred during the state’s election.
Melaye, who claimed that INEC was complicit in the rigging that resulted in his loss in the state governorship election, also stated that he would not contest the election outcome in court.
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Dino Melaye: “I’ll run Kogi with fear of God”

Dino Melaye, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 11 Kogi governorship poll, says he would run an inclusive government if elected into office.

In a statement released on Saturday by Melaye’s media team, the PDP candidate spoke during a visit to the palace of Abdulrazaq Isa Koto, Ohimege Igu of Koton Karfi.

The former senator representing Kogi West said he would run the state with “fear of God” if elected.

Melaye added that he would be “a governor for all” regardless of ethnic group.

“As you are aware, His Royal Majesty, in the space of 4 years as senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I did 19 projects in your Kogi LGA. I have a very special relationship with Kogi and by the grace of God, when elected as governor, I will focus attention on the needs of our people, particularly the ecological challenges in this area,” the PDP candidate said.

“We are not unaware that the major business in this area is agriculture, trading and transportation. We shall make these ventures the focus of our administration by providing incentives that will encourage our people.

“I will be a Kogi governor that will govern our state with the fear of God. I will run an all-inclusive governance not as an Igala, Ebira, Okun, Kakanda, Bassa, Koto or Nupe governor but as a governor for all under the guidance of the Almighty God.

“I congratulate you as the leader of the Kogi west traditional rulers and I pray that under your leadership, Kogi West will produce a governor. I, therefore, seek your blessings as we go into the polls.”

On April 16, Melaye won the PDP primary for the Kogi gubernatorial election, defeating Idoko Ilonah, his closest challenger, by 189 votes.

He will face Ahmed Ododo, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the governorship election scheduled to take place on November 11.

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Kogi Primary: It’s Collective Victory, Says Melaye

Dino Melaye, the Kogi State Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate for November 11 governorship poll, has reacted following his victory.

He commended the leadership of the party, his co-contestants and party members for their conduct in the primary election which was held on Sunday in Lokoja, the State capital.

Melaye, a former lawmaker who represented Kogi West Senatorial District at the National Assembly polled a total of 313 votes in the indirect primary election to beat 8 other aspirants to clinch the ticket.

In a statement made available to newsmen in the early hours of Monday, Melaye said, “I thank the leaders of our party at the National, State, Local and ward levels, my dear brothers who advanced the cause of democracy in this contest and our numerous supporters who ensured that peace reigned, decorum prevailed, and conflicts were contained all through the process.

“As I savour this moment in humility, I return again to the scriptures. I recall the task and support that God gave to Moses to lead the people of Israel out of bandage to freedom. By the grace of God, our state will be liberated from the yoke of Yahaya Bello and APC. I also found a correlation between the new responsibility that God is placing on me and the responsibility that he gave to Gideon, who though felt unworthy, was qualified by God to deliver his people from the Gibeonites who had plundered their land and eaten their harvest.

“This shall be our experience in Kogi state. Furthermore, I think of Jephthah, who was despised and was called unserious. God has just proved that he takes my matter very seriously.

“The outcome of today’s (Sunday’s) election is not traceable to the strength of anyone in our state. It is a collective victory; the manifestation of a new spirit and purposeful coalition of all peoples across our beloved state. I acknowledge especially the enormous energy and commitment deployed to this endeavour by my sister, Natasha Akpoti- Uduaghan, and her beloved husband. Your day of celebration is very near, by the grace of God.

“I recognise that contests of this nature are hardly devoid of offences. I ask for forgiveness for all personal and corporate infractions in all my political navigations.”


Dino Melaye Is Not Fit, Competent To Be Kogi Governor – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has stated that his party member, Dino Melaye is not fit to be the governor of Kogi state.

According to him, Melaye doesn’t have the competence to governor the state.

Wike stated this during a media chat on Tuesday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Recall the screening committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had cleared Melaye, Reuben Atabo (SAN), and eight others as aspirants for its ticket in the forthcoming Kogi State governorship election.

The others are Engr. Musa Wada, Sen. Atai Aidoko Ali, Barr. Mohammed Kabiru Usman, Abayomi Awoniyi, Bolufemi Olarotimi, Abdullahi Haruna (SAN), Gideon Ojata and Idoko Kingsley Ilonah.

Wike stated that the former Kogi West lawmaker is not worthy to be the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming election.

According to the governor, Melaye is an “actor” and does not have any qualities to lead the people of the North Central State.


BVAS Configuration: INEC Imputing Wrong Figures – Dino Melaye Raises Alarm

Senator Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has made a new allegation against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
He accused INEC, of imputing wrong figures while transferring results to the backend server.
Melaye, a spokesperson to the presidential candidate of the PDP in the just concluded February 25 election, Atiku Abubakar, disclosed this in a post via his Twitter handle on Monday.
He said his party would expose any wrong imputation and change in figures by the commission as it transfers election results to the backend server.
Recall that the Electoral Commission recently obtained order from the Court to allow it reconfigure the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, for the March 18 gubernatorial election.
However, the former lawmaker said they would shock INEC and its ICT department.
“INEC is doing the wrong thing, wrong imputation going on. We will expose any wrong imputation and figures changing as upload and backend transfer is going on. We will shock INEC and the ICT department. Jail loading for many,” he tweeted.
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INEC Chairman, Yakubu Must Go – Melaye Insists

Senator Dino Melaye, one of the spokespersons for Atiku, Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, has slammed the INEC chairman.

Melaye insisted that Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, must resign.

The former lawmaker gave the demand in a post via his Twitter handle on Saturday.

Melaye’s call is coming against the backdrop of threat of lawsuit by Yakubu on the allegation that he rigged the presidential election by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Recall that the party had called for the police and the Department of State Services, DSS, to investigate the INEC boss over alleged manipulation of election results.

The PDP said the call followed further review of the “the widely-condemned infractions, brazen violation of the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022 and criminal manipulation and alteration of election results”.

PDP alleged that INEC subverted the will of Nigerians in the just concluded February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

However, Yakubu’s Press Secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi said the call was misplaced and challenged the PDP to prove its claims in the law court.

He wondered why the party did not provide evidence to back up the spurious allegations, further maintaining that the electoral commission does not rig elections.

But not yet satisfied, Senator Melaye insisted that Yakubu must go, alleging that he “superintended over a criminal enterprise yahoo yahoo INEC.”

“Prof Mahmud Yakubu must resign. Such level of criminal audacity & impunity bastardizes the rule of law and diminished him as a referee who scored a goal in a match.

“Mahmood must goooo,” he tweeted.


PDP Spent Over 400bn On Presidential Election – Dino Melaye

Senator Dino Melaye, the Chief Spokesperson for the Atiku-Okowa presidential council, has made a new revelation.

He said the Peoples Democratic Party presidential campaign council spent over N400billion on their campaigns.

The spokesperson disclosed this in a video obtained by the PUNCH on Monday night.

In the one minute 45 seconds video, the Melaye said that the whole concept of redesigning the naira was a deception.

This is coming hours after the PDP leadership led by Senator Iyorchia Ayu, and other party chieftains stormed the headquarters of INEC to protest the declaration of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, as the president-elect after the February 25, 2023 elections.

The PDP, Labour Party, and the New Nigeria Peoples Party rejected the election results describing the election as being marred by violence, rigging, lacking integrity by the non-uploading of the presidential results on the IRev portal in real time on the election day thereby calling for its cancellation among others.

The PDP had also lamented what it described as the irregularities recorded during the conduct of the elections.

Melaye further remarked that “to make sure that the mandate of the people given freely to Atiku Abubakar is retrieved, we spent over N400bn just for a caricature show. INEC deceived Nigerians.

On the naira redesign, the spokesperson alleged that “because money was given to Bola Tinubu, the APC shared new notes on Election Day across the country and the PDP was starved of funds. Naira redesign was a ploy by INEC to deceive Nigerians.

He also called on all PDP supporters, lovers of democracy all over the country not to allow this to stand.

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Area boys, MC Oluomo are relocating to Abuja to join Tinubu — Dino Melaye cries out

A former chairman of the Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory, Dino Melaye, alleges that MC Oluomo and Lagos State area boys are relocating to Abuja to join the president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This comes amidst the fight to take back the mandate from the president-elect following the 2023 presidential elections.

According to the PDP party member, the NURTW chairman, Mc Olumo alongside area boys in Lagos intends to relocate and turn the FCT upside down.

Dino Melaye insisted the streets of Abuja will be filled with drugs if Nigerians allow APC to go away with the alleged stolen mandate. He insisted that making Bola Tinubu the president of Nigeria will bring nothing but ruins.


We can’t have Pablo as president and Osama Bin Laden as vice president – Dino Melaye tackles INEC

Former Senator, Dino Melaye has fired shots as he drags the INEC for rigging the elections for Tinubu and his running mate, Asiwaju Bola.

There has been tension in Nigerian since citizens cast their votes on Saturday, February 25th, 2023. A lot of people have called out INEC for allegedly rigging the elections in favor of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

One of the politicians who has been dragging INEC is Dino Melaye. Dino Melaye who is Chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi state and spokesperson of the Atiku/Okowa presidential campaign council has said that Nigerians cannot have Pablo as President and Osama Bin Laden as vice president; a subtle shot at Bola Tinubu and Asiwaju Bola.

He made this comment while speaking in an interview with Channels television.


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APC Tells DSS To Arrest Enenche, Dino Melaye

The Department of State Services has been urged to arrest the General Overseer of Dunamis Church, Paul Enenche over his ‘inciting sermon’ on the pulpit last Sunday.
All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council made the call Monday.
Also, the APC PCC  asked security agencies to arrest two spokespersons for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Dino Melaye and Dele Momodu, for allegedly attempting to heat the polity through their utterances.
The PCC Special Adviser on Media and Strategic Communications, Dele Alake, made the call in Abuja on Monday during a press conference.
He said, “We note with utmost concern those inciting comments and call to violence by some spokespersons for the opposition, especially those from the Peoples Democratic Party. We are particularly concerned and call on the State Security Services and the Nigeria Police Force to immediately restrain persons such as Dino Melaye, Dele Momodu and a certain Pastor Paul Enenche of Dunamis Church from their clear call to violence.
“How can a supposed man of God be issuing threat on the pulpit because the person he and his brother endorsed is not winning? How can you desecrate the sanctity of the pulpit on the altar of partisanship? That is an abomination.
“Melaye’s tweet threatening violence, Momodu going on the TV to announce a purported winner and Enenche’s hate speech from the pulpit violate every law of the land. They should not go scot-free. The Christians community in this nation should even rise up to call him to order before the invitation by security agencies. We encourage the DSS to do their work by apprehending and restraining these people calling for violence to reduce the tension.”
Also speaking, a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, described the Dunamis preacher’s action as a disgrace to the Pentecostal mission society.
He said, “I was invited by the DSS for a tweet I made. We are all aware of that. Therefore I see Eneche’s outburst as an insult to so many pastors, particularly Pentecostals like myself. That is because when this violence they are calling for begins, they will run away and leave hapless Nigerians to face it.
“What the opposition is doing is trying to heat up the polity and intimidate our supporters.”