February 06, (THEWILL) – It seems that Senator Dino Melaye has not given up on his political ambition, despite the setbacks he suffered in the past. The Senator who represented Kabba/Ijumu federal constituency in the 2015 senatorial election has not had it smooth as a politician in recent times. Despite the fact that he was re-elected in 2019 to return as senator representing Kogi-West senatorial district and to be a member of the 9th Senate, his challenger in the election, Senator Smart Adeyemi booted him out of the hallowed chamber via the Election Petitions Tribunal which annulled his re-election.
A re-run election was conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC but he lost to his challenger in the election that was declared inconclusive due to violence and electoral irregularities in some of the polling units. He also suffered a setback as a gubernatorial candidate. During the gubernatorial election which was held in 2019, he lost the bid to represent his party at the polls.
Come 2023, the controversial senator is hoping to take over from his erstwhile friend turned foe, Governor Yahaya Bello. Some of his loyalists have started canvassing support on his behalf. With some already unveiling fliers where it was clearly stated that the controversial senator will be the preferred candidate for the 2023 gubernatorial election in Kogi State. It was reliably gathered that Dino is already putting structures in place and has signified his interest to the elders of his party. Close door meetings and discussions with those who matter in the helms of affairs in his state have been taking place. He was invited for a personality lecture series by the Faculty of Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka last week. Most of the students of the faculty are already endorsing his candidacy and have signified interest in supporting him for the 2023 gubernatorial election in his state.