Senator Dino Melaye and Abubakar Ibrahim were missing on Friday when ten other aspirants who failed to clinch the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) signed an agreement to work toward the victory of Musa Wada in the November 16 governorship election in Kogi State.
Wada had emerged victorious in the Kogi governorship primary of the PDP held on September 3.
The ten aspirants who signed the agreement to work with the PDP candidate are Idris Wada, Emmanuel Omebije, Grace Adejoh, Joseph Erico, Kabiru Haruna, Adebayo Averehi, Mohammed Tettes, Aminu Sulaiman, AVM Salifu Atawodi (rtd), and Victor Adoji.
The signed the agreement under the aegis of the Kogi PDP 2019 G-12.
The agreement reads, “We have all resolved to work with Wada in the interest of the party and the people of the state after undertaking a postmortem analysis and empirical review of the Sept. 3 primary election which led to the emergence of Wada as PDP candidate in the State.
“In the course of the review, the two major unforeseen events which nearly cast doubts on the integrity of the exercise were thoroughly considered and evaluated.
“We reviewed the two events – a heavy downpour and a sudden outbreak of violence and gunshots – and sought advice from relevant professionals and members of PDP, including delegates to the primary.
“After extensive deliberations, the group resolved to accept the decision of the Chairman of the Elections Committee, Gov. Ahmed Fintiri, which produced Wade as PDP candidate.
“As members of the Kogi PDP 2019 G-12, the urgent need for intra-party cohesion and unity of purpose at this critical moment is recognised.
“It is for this reason that the candidacy of Wada is considered worthy of undivided support so that the task of rebuilding Kogi can start in earnest.
“The role of the National Working Committee of our great party, led by Prince Uche Secondus, in positioning the Kogi State chapter for victory in November, is fully acknowledged.
“The Kogi PDP 2019 G-12 is also aware of the various roles that have been played so far by various stakeholders in stabilising the political space in Kogi State.
“While some of these efforts to totally stabilise the party are still in progress, the Kogi PDP 2019 G-12 remains unflinchingly committed to the candidacy of Wada.
“Considering the reconciliation efforts of Wada and his preparedness to actively partner with 2019 PDP aspirants in Kogi State, this group, without reservation, accepts him as a partner in progress in the liberation struggle.
“We accept to work with him in the overall interest of the PDP and Kogi State.”