By Ishaq Dan-Imam, Lokoja
The Kogi State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday, unveiled Hon. Habeebat Deen as the deputy governorship candidate for the November 11, 2023 election.
Mrs. Deen was unveiled to PDP elders and members after she was presented to the party leadership by the governorship candidate of the party, Senator Dino Melaye, at a brief unveiling ceremony, which was held at the private residence of a former governor of the State, Alh. Ibrahim Idris, popularly known as Ibro, in Abuja.
Hon. Habeebat Deen was a member of the Kogi State House of Assembly. She hails from the Ankpa local government area of the Kogi East senatorial zone of the State.
Speaking before the unveiling, the PDP governorship candidate, Senator Melaye, said the choice was unprecedented by any major political party in the State, adding that, “we will continue to do things that are innovative and different.”
Present at the unveiling event was the State PDP chairman, Engr. Sam Ohuotu; Brigadier General Tunde Ogbeha (rtd); former Governor Ibrahim Idris; Prince Olusola Akanmode; Dr. Tom Adaba, and Mrs. Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan, among other party stalwarts and members.
He added: “It’s a divine choice. He has made a statement beyond Kogi State because it will generate a lot of interest, excitement, and goodwill.”
Gen. Ogbeha appealed to all those who contested the governorship ticket with Melaye to support his candidacy for the success of the party.
Also speaking, former Governor Ibrahim Idris called for a unity of purpose among PDP members in the State in order to achieve victory at the governorship poll.
“We need to work together as members of the same family. If that is done, I believe success is ours,” Idris said.
The former governor reiterated that only God gives power to whomever He wants, hence the emergence of Dino Melaye as the PDP governorship candidate, whom he also described as “ready” for the task ahead.
“Dino has shown that he is ready to do the work. He has been saying things that show that he means business,” Idris added.