Is PDP Helping Dino Melaye Overcome His Troubles?
When the 'music video superstar-Senator', Dino Melaye, jumped from that police vehicle on Tuesday, the last group he would expect support from will likely be the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
But that is not the case now.
Senator Melaye is getting support from the opposition when it appears his party members are abandoning him to face his troubles.
Troubled on every side, this week has become the longest he has had in years, as what started as a detention at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, ended on a hospital bed.
He is in the intensive care unit at the National hospital in Abuja.
Days after the electoral body said it has started the process of the recall of the Senator who represents Kogi West Senatorial District, the PDP directed its members in Kogi State to vote against the recall of Senator who is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A verification of signatures of the petitioners will hold on April 28 and the opposition party wants its members to begin the upset to the recall process on that day.
In a statement in Lokoja on Friday, the party said that it was not in support of the recall of Melaye from the beginning.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had said that the verification would hold from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 552 of 560 polling units in the seven local governments that make up Kogi West Senatorial District.
Mr Dickson Achadu, the PDP Director of Research and Documentation, who signed the statement, described the attempt to recall Melaye as a product of an internal crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Distance yourselves from the exercise, he told members.
The PDP also expressed its support for the senator’s agitation for good welfare for workers and the downtrodden.
Kogi State has been made a laughing stock, the PDP claimed while also urging INEC and security agencies to guard against being used in the plan to forcefully deny Kogi West quality representation at the senate.
The party further urged its members to remain peaceful and law-abiding but refrain from submitting to intimidation and inducement by the sponsors of the recall.