Me­laye, Ai­doko make INEC list as 67 jos­tle for Kogi se­nate seats

Weekly Trust - - News - Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja Philip Agbese

Sen­a­tor Dino Me­laye (PDP, Kogi West) and Sen­a­tor At­tai Ai­doko (PDP, Kogi East) are among the 67 can­di­dates sen­a­to­rial can­di­dates whose names have been pub­lished on the pro­vi­sional list of the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) to con­test the Na­tional Assem­bly elec­tion in 2019.

Also on the list is Sen­a­tor Ahmed Ogembe who cur­rently rep­re­sents the Kogi Cen­tral Sen­a­to­rial dis­trict on the plat­form of the PDP.

Ac­cord­ing to the list, two term sen­a­tor Smart Adeyemi is the APC can­di­date for Kogi West Sen­a­to­rial dis­trict while Al­haji Jib­ril Isah and Al­haji Yakubu Oseni are the party’s can­di­dates for Kogi East and Cen­tral sen­a­to­rial dis­tricts re­spec­tively.

A closer look at the list shows that a to­tal of 59 of the 67 can­di­dates are males while eight are fe­males.

All the cur­rent sen­a­tors rep­re­sent­ing the three sen­a­to­rial dis­tricts of the state got re­turn tick­ets to con­test un­der the plat­form of the PDP. They in­clude Sen­a­tor Dino Me­laye (West); Sen­a­tor Ahmed Ogembe (Cen­tral) and Sen­a­tor At­tai Ai­doko (East).

Elec­tions are around the corner again. Politi­cians and po­lit­i­cal par­ties are schem­ing on how to take over power or how to re­tain power in places where they are in charge, and there­fore po­lit­i­cal shenani­gans, pro­pa­gan­das, lies, out­right false­hoods and even hate speeches are all on the in­crease at this time.

These are not the best times for those who value char­ac­ter and de­cency. I read some­where some peo­ple were call­ing on INEC to dis­qual­ify Pres­i­dent Buhari from con­test­ing the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions be­cause he doesn’t have his school cer­tifi­cate. Very laugh­able, how many times will they try the same old trick? Pres­i­dent Buhari has been con­test­ing elec­tions since 2003. Be­tween 2003 and now there have been four elec­tion cir­cles and Buhari has con­tested in all these elec­tions.

At no point was the is­sue of his WAEC cer­tifi­cate ques­tioned un­til sud­denly in 2015 as soon as he won his party’s pri­mary. Those who knew he was un­stop­pable from there on be­gan to un­leash dif­fer­ent lu­di­crous pro­pa­ganda

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