By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District at National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye has assured the people of his constituency that his second coming if given mandate would serve as the harbinger of good tidings to the people he pledged to serve as a catalyst for the rapid socio-economic transformation the constituency and by extension, Kogi State.
Melaye who made this assurance while speaking to Party faithfuls at a gathering in Kabba on Sunday, stated that he was determined to be remembered for good, by leaving a legacy of monumental development in every nook and cranny of the West.
“I will at all times collaborate with my colleagues in the National Assembly irrespectively of party affiliation, to bring dividends of democracy to the door step of the common man.
“Also, for effective service delivery, I will establish two functional complementary senatorial offices, one in Lokoja and another in Kabba for easy accessibility. The two offices will serve as information collating centers where diverse interests of the various communities will be articulated and packaged by competent hands and made available to me for necessary prompt action.
“I want to assure you once again my good people, that as a patriot and a completely detribalized Nigeria, no part of my constituency will be marginalized in the distribution of goodies. This is because I feel at home with many communities in Kogi State and I speak some of their languages fluently and this made me a home grown Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. To enable me address the palpable infrastructural state of Kogi West, I am determined to “hit the ground” as soon as I am sworn in by the grace of God and your good will, by setting the necessary machinery in motion to accomplish the task. Their functions will be amongst to consult with the Local people so as to determine their priority areas in infrastructural development. The input of the local people will certainly guide me in the preparation of bills and motions to be tabled before the committee of the whole Senate.
“My good people of the West, I want to assure you once again, that, I unlike others, and as a Kogite proper, will never move my resources and wealth otherwise called capital flight, outside the state at the expense of those who elected me, and the economic development of the state. To do otherwise amounts to nothing, but a great disservice to the people, the state, and “the finger that feeds the individual and above all an abuse of political privilege. Fellow Kogites, this a reminder of our recent past experience when someone who rode on our back to power transferred all his acquired property/resources for eight years, to develop a neighbouring state without showing any sense of remorse and the same individual is being conscripted for the same ignoble mission against the wishes of the people.
“My dear brothers and sisters, our experimental democracy is being put on trial by usurpers. The year 2019 is the magical year all Kogites are expected to rise up and say NO to despotism. It is only you and me that can save this generation from impeding political intimidation.
“All lovers of democratic decency and all lovers of truth and progress, are hereby called upon to imbibe the philosophy of “No Retreat no Surrender” for the emancipation of our people, come, 2019. This issue transcends Party divide. It is a Kogi project. Everyone must be concerned and be involved.
“Finally, my dear brothers and sisters, now, is the time to take our destiny in our hands as 2019 presents the golden opportunity for self-determination. I do not claim to be a miracle worker but as a pragmatist with progressive political inclination, my antecedent in the National Assembly over the years, attests to the fact that entirely of my political career revolves around the welfare of the people. In this regards, I wish to solicit your support and mandate in the coming 2019 Senatorial Election in Kogi West to enable me consolidate on my modest achievements”, he said .
He explained that he would not subscribe to violence as a means of expressing our disgust against the rotten system foisted on us, because, violence, is alien to our culture in Kogi West.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senatorial candidate pointed out that he has instead, opted for a civilized approach of systematic re-awakening of the political consciousness of our people, to begin to honour and protect the Sanctity of our sovereign right to elect leaders of our choice.
Even the much denigrated “Oyinbo” imperialism” was magnanimous and merciful to have allowed the “conquered” people the right to elect their leaders without coercion or political manipulation.
“If our father could stand to defend the inalienable right of all Nigerians, under the dreaded colonialists, then, why can’t you and i surpass their achievement with all the ideological and political sophistication at our disposal in the 21st Century.
“This is food for thought. I for a political ride or purchased by future despots. A Yoruba adage says “Oruko rere san ju wura ati fadaka lo”.