Events in Lokoja, Kogi State during the primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was arranged to stop Senator Dino Melaye from emerging as governorship candidate.
Sporadic shootings in the early hours of of Wednesday at venue of PDP primary which led to an abrupt end of the exercise.
A statement by the senator claims that his bid to join the governorship race have since unsettled the camp of Governor Yahaya Bello.
“It is in the public domain already that Sen Dino Melaye is the only threat to the reelection of governor Bello with all capacities to defeat him.
“The gunmen came chanting different languages and forced their way into the venue with Dino Melaye as major target.
“We wish to equally bring to the public that Sen Dino Melaye sustained injuries from shots at the venue but now receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital. Doctors are still battling to stabilize him as a result of the attack.
“This is the extent to which they intend to nail their target. We thank God for his life, but surely, evil men shall be exposed.
“For us, election is not a war but a process where people are allowed to decide freely who run their affairs. We have it on good authority from their camp to the fact that it is only Sen Dino Melaye that can challenge them in the election ahead.
This led to the plan to disrupt and made him target in bid to cow him.
“We wish to state that distinguished Melaye remain unperturbed, strong, more determined and more focused in the project to rescue Kogi state.
“We therefore, urge all our supporters across the state to remain law abiding, focus and resolute as light will definitely prevail over darkness,” the statement concluded.