The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Kogi State for the November 11 election, Dino Melaye, has picked a woman from Ankpa, the Igala speaking area, Hajiya Habeebat Deen, as his running mate.
The State chapter of the party announced the name of Habeebat Deen at a brief ceremony at the Abuja residence of a former governor of the state, Ibrahim Idris.
The running mate used to be a member of the Kogi State House of Assembly. She hails from Ankpa Local Government Area.
Speaking before the unveiling, Dino Melaye said that the choice was unprecedented by any major political party in the state, adding: “we will continue to do things that are innovative and different.”
Speaking at the event, retired General
Ogbeha congratulated Melaye for quickly and seamlessly nominating a deputy governorship candidate, saying that by the act “he (Melaye) has shown his gender sensitivity.
“It’s a divine choice. He has made a statement beyond Kogi State because it will generate a lot of interests, excitement and goodwill.”
Mrs. Akpoti-Uduaghan, who was the PDP candidate for the 2023 Kogi Central senatorial election, said that it is natural for Kogi West to produce the next governor of the State while also praising the gender balance of the PDP ticket.
She said that carrying women along in governance would make a lot of difference, even as she promised to mobilise Kogi Central women for the PDP success in the November 11 governorship election.