National Leader of the All Progressives Congress and Former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has vowed to deal with Sen. Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi West), if he dared beat his wife as the Senator had earlier threatened.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC-Lagos Central) Wife of the APC stalwart had been reportedly threatened by Melaye on Tuesday during a closed-door session of the Senate over the forgery case against Principal Officers of the Senate.
Reacting to the development, Asiwaju Tinubu vowed to deal with Sen. Dino Melaye if he took any untoward action against his wife.
Speaking through his spokesman, Sunday Dare, Tinubu said Melaye’s comments was a major low for him.
Dare, writing on his Twitter handle, said:
“And if Dino thinks nothing will happen if he dare beats up another Senator, then he must be living in a fools paradise”.
“Things will happen. Dino Melaye sunk to the lowest ever today”.
Those who witness the debacle, claim it started when Mr. Melaye urged the Senate to descend heavily on members who had offered to serve as prosecution witnesses in the ongoing forgery case against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
The Kogi senator is said to have accused the senators of being used by the presidency to destabilise the Senate and warned them to be ready to face the consequences of their action.
“You should go and tell those who sent you that nobody, I said nobody, no matter who he is, can ever control this Senate.”
Sen. Dino Melaye was quoted as saying as he pointed at the affected senators, his face contorted in rage.
When Mrs. Tinubu was recognised to speak, she rose, and said,
“I’m just wondering why whenever Senator Dino speaks in this chamber, he is always threatening people and behaving childishly and at times like a thug”.
“I think he needs to know that every senator here represents their constituencies. And that there is no need to threaten anyone”.
“We are seeking and working towards reconciliation, yet you are busy issuing threats.”
One of our sources said at this point, Mr. Melaye jumped up from his seat and charged towards Mrs. Tinubu, saying,
“Look this is not Bourdillon (referring to the famous Lagos residence of Mrs Tinubu’s politician husband). I will beat you up, ….. impregnate you and nothing will happen.”
Witnesses said as Mr. Melaye charged towards the Lagos senator, other senators, especially those from the South-West geopolitical zone, waded in and shielded Mrs. Tinubu from attack, and then calmed her down.
A few other senators also prevailed on Mr. Melaye to take it easy and let peace reign, sources said.
When colleagues asked him what he meant, the senator said it had become clear that Mr. Buhari had no respect for the Senate and that the time had come for him to be impeached.
Mr. Abaribe said the president was encouraging his subordinates to disrespect the upper chamber and that only two options were now open to the senate – go for the president’s jugular (impeachment) or continue to seek reconciliation that might not work.
Mr. Melaye on Wednesday morning said reports that he was planning to initiate impeachment proceeding against President Buhari were untrue. But he was silent on reports that he threatened Senator Tinubu or used the “F” word on her.