Four aspirants in the race were not cleared by the party screening committee while two others stepped down for Melaye who just returned from the APC to the party.
Those who stepped down for Melaye were ex-commissioner of local government and chieftaincy affairs, Tolorunjuwon Faniyi and the current Reps member representing Kabba/bunu/ ijumu federal constituency, Hon. Tajudeen Yusuf.
Those not cleared for the primary included Sunday Karimi, member representing Yagba federal constituency, former acting governor of the state, Clarence Olafemi, Henry Ojuola and Ganiyu Salaudeen all from the Yagba federal constituency who felt it was their turn to produce the next senator.
Returning officer for the exercise, Jude Sule said Melaiye scored all the delegates votes from the seven council areas that made the district.
Reacting, Melaye said the affirmation was “Shocking but not surprising” bearing in mind that he has represented the axis wonderfully at the upper chamber of the national assembly.
He said the decision of the party to endorse him will act as a tonic for him to work more for the district when he eventually wins his second term bid.