PDP governorship candidate in Kogi State Dino Melaye has said he gave party delegates “anointing oil” as a way of mobilising them to vote for him.
Melaye stated this on Tuesday on Channels Television’s Politics Today in response to allegations that the primary election was manipulated.
Asked to respond to allegations that delegates were financially induced, he hinted at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes Commission (ICPC) knowing more than he does.
“I’m not a staff (member) of the EFCC or ICPC. I wouldn’t know if there was money shared. But if, at my level, I cannot finance a primary, then there’s a problem somewhere. But definitely, God bankrolled me. I bank with the almighty God,” he said.
Asked further how he mobilised his delegates, he said, “I gave them anointing oil and it did the magic. I just told you that I believe in Philippians 4:19 that God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. And I am telling you that He did it.”
Several of the contestants for the party’s governorship ticket, including former deputy governor Yomi Awoniyi, held a press conference where they jointly demanded that the “right thing is done”.
Awoniyi said, “We demand that the delegate list that emerged from the processes put in place by the party on March 29 and April 8, we demand that these lists are used.
“It is not acceptable to us that we are being coaxed to use a delegates list that is foreign to the process that took place.”
But Melaye said the poll was “the fairest and most transparent primary ever conducted in Kogi State.”