Melaye, reportedly made the declaration to run for the post of the office of the governor in Kogi on Saturday during a meeting of Kogi West PDP executives held yesterday at his country home in Aiyetoro Gbede, Ijumu local government area of the state, Premium Times reports.
His media aide, Gideon Ayodele, told Daily Trust on Sunday that his boss made the declaration during the meeting which held at the residence of Gen. David Jemibewon (rtd), an ex-Service Chief.
“The senator while soliciting the supports of the party executives, expressed optimism of emerging the next governor of the state,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dino Melaye took to his Twitter handle to express his willingness to run for the top job in the state.
Sharing a photograph of himself speaking at a meeting which was accompanied by a cryptic message, Dino wrote: “Kogites, here am I. Send me.”
With this declaration, Melaye has joined the hordes of PDP governorship aspirants jostling to wrestle power from governor Yahaya Bello.
No fewer than 40 aspirants are said to have indicated interest to contest the governorship election under the platform of the PDP.
If he emerges as PDP candidate, the senator will go head-to-head with his bitter rival and current governor of the state, Yahaya Bello. This also depends on if the ruling APC decides to field the governor as its candidate.
Gideon Ayodele, an aide to Mr Melaye said that the senator was responding to the call from PDP leaders present at the meeting, asking anyone interested in contesting to signify intention within two weeks.
“At this point, Senator Dino Melaye stood up and informed the meeting of his intention to join the race to Lugard House, the seat of Kogi State government come November,” Mr Ayodele said.
Mr Melaye, a controversial senator, is being prosecuted by the police for allegedly aiding violence in Kogi and for allegedly attempting to commit suicide while being taken to Kogi by the police.
The Kogi governorship election holds on November 16.