The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council in Kogi State has refuted reports that the party has abandoned Dino Melaye in his turbulent time.
Melaye, who is also the spokesperson of the council and senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, was arrested by the police after an eight-day siege to his residence as part of the investigations into the shooting of a Police officer, Danjuma Saliu, attached to 37 Police Mobile Force (PMF).
It was reported that the incident reportedly took place while the officer was on duty at a stop-and-search point along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State, on July 19, 2018.
The Director of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council in Kogi State, Clarence Olafemi, addressed this in a media interview where he said Melaye is in high spirits following the outpouring of solidarity and encouragement from various stakeholders.
“The claim that Senator Dino Melaye has been abandoned by the party is a lie from the pit of hell. Dino Melaye knows that the party cannot abandon him.
“Would you say that Bukola (Saraki), has abandoned Dino? Can he abandon him? Would you say that Atiku (Abubakar) has abandoned Dino? Can he abandon him? These are Dino’s friends come rain, come sun.
“I am the director of the campaign council (in Kogi State) and Dino Melaye is a very strategic figure to the campaign. I am reassuring you that we are doing everything possible to ensure that Dino wins the Kogi West Senatorial District election, whether they keep him in prison or they don’t keep him in prison.
“The war against Melaye is purely political.
“We in Okunland; we in Kogi West, we are going to vote for him, we cannot abandon him because he is useful to us.
“How can a government spend so much money; so much manpower running after a single person? In my 68 years in Nigeria, I have not seen such thing,” Olafemi said.