Following a claim by a group, Committee for the Defence of Women’s Rights (CDWR) on Monday, that Senator Oluremi Tinubu gave N75 million to the women leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson, through one of her sisters, Funlola, to stage a protest against Senator Dino Melaye for reportedly assaulting Tinubu at the senate chamber recently, Mrs. Nelson has denied the report describing it as a figment of the imagination of the committee.
In a statement by the APC women leader, she stated that she didn’t need to collect money from either Senator Remi Tinubu or her husband to organise such a rally, adding that they were her mentors, who she was ready to support without any pecuniary gain.
She went on to disclose that a women group will stage a rally on Wednesday, July 20, in Abuja, to protest the alleged assault on Senator Tinubu by Melaye, an event she would actively participate in. She said:
“We are moving to Abuja in full force to be part of this protest against Melaye for harassing a woman of substance like Senator Tinubu, whose family paid a huge price for our democracy. Our democracy is still nascent and we must do everything within our power to protect it.
“We should not allow people like Melaye to rubbish what took years and cost us several lives to achieve. What Melaye did was not just against Senator Tinubu, but against all women and against our democracy. We will not behave like Nero, who sleeps, while Rome burns.
“All right thinking members of the society must rise against this oppression and an open insult against women by a man that has done little or nothing for our democracy. We cannot pretend that nothing is happening, when such a sacrilege is being committed in our country.”
“With what Melaye has done, he has been demystified and he should be recalled by his people without any delay. We cannot keep quiet at this material time. As Professor Wole Soyinka would say; ‘the man dies, who keeps silent in the face of tyranny”.
Meanwhile, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, who represents the Lagos central senatorial district in the Senate has written to the Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) concerning the alleged improper behavior of Senator Dino Melaye during the closed door session of the Senate.
She also wrote a letter on Monday July 18, to acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, seeking protection from Senator Melaye.