Former senator of Kogi West Senatorial district, Dino Melaye has won the PDP Governorship primary for the November 14, 2023 Governorship election in Kogi State.
Melaye scored 313 votes to defeat other contestants in the primary held at Kafa’s Hall event centre in Lokoja amid tight security.
The PDP primary election committee chairman, Ahmed Makarfi, announced the results, said Melaye defeated Ilona Kingsley who scored 124 votes; Usman Kabiru who scored 121 votes and Abayomi Awoniyi, a former deputy governor, who scored 77 votes.
Other contestants are Wada Musa, who scored 56 votes; Ojaja Enama, who scored 5, and Olufemi Olarewaju who scored 2 votes.
Markarfi declared that six votes were recorded as void.
Meanwhile, Abdullahi Haruna, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) withdrew from the race before voting commenced.
The former lawmaker will be up against Usman Ododo, the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the contestants of other parties for the election.