The lawmaker representative for Kogi West Senatorial district, Senator Dino Melaye has made a shocking disclosure of what actually transpired on Tuesday, during the closed-door session of the Senate which resulted to a shouting contest between him and Senator Oluremi Tinubu representing Lagos Central Senatorial district.
While speaking to newsmen during a press briefing, Melaye said Senator Remi Tinubu attacked him by calling him a dog even when he never used any insolent words towards her before she made her statements.
On Tuesday, the 12th of July, we had an executive session to discuss basically on the issue of forgery case in court and when I stood up to address and I want to say that on my honour as a Christian on my honour as a father and on the oath of my office as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria I am telling you the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
“I have never being a coward, I will not start an apprenticeship programme now on how to become a coward. Whatever I say anywhere I can boldly repeat everywhere.
“When I stood up and I made my submissions that day in the senate, all I did was to pacify my colleagues and asked that the case in court be withdrawn because already there is a resolution of the Senate that the rules of the Senate were not forged and since there was a resolution of the senate that the rules of the Senate were not forged then I said all those who have gone to court should go and withdraw their names from court and that if at the end of the day those who refused to withdraw their names from court we should penalise them by suspending them, I said that.
“But I did not use any insolent abusive degrading or mannerless language. So there was no reaction from any of our colleagues as regards my presentation. After I spoke so many other senators spoke and I did not mention the name of any senators while I was making my presentation.
“Unfortunately, Senator Oluremi Tinubu got up and was recognised to speak and immediately she started speaking, she specifically mentioned my name even when in my presentation I did not mention anybody’s name I only appealed to the sensitivity of my colleagues and asked them to withdraw their case from court and reminded them already that there was a resolution of the senate that the rules were not forged.”
Senator Dino Melaye went ahead to say that for some unknown reasons, Tinubu got up to speak and accused him of harassing her and other Senators. This drew a contradictory reaction from other Senators who could not grasp her point. Melaye, who was silent all the while was however, forced to his feet when Tinubu referred to him as a thug who must be tamed. At this point, the Kogi Senator said:
“I got up and I told her that she is very stupid. The next statement from her is that you are a dog. She called me a dog and when she called me a dog I stood up and I reacted and I told her that this is not Bourdillon and that she should look at my face, I am not one of those Senators who normally come to prostrate to them in Bourdillon.
“And I told her I am from Kogi State, I am not from Lagos State and that there would never be a day that I will come to you for political assistance. These were my words and she went on shouting dog, thug.”
Mr. Melaye further alleged that Tinubu had no supporters in the house when he was tongue-lashing her because she acted in an obviously unacceptable way.
“Even the Senators from Lagos was there, Ashafa was there he didn’t stand up from his seat.”
Senator Dino Melaye continued by tongue-trashing a lawmaker, Senator Borrofice, for allegedly calling him names on newspaper pages. He described Borrofice as an “expatriate and absentee Senator” who has not been in the chamber for two months.
“He was not in the chamber, I was surprised maybe he has celestial powers to understand what happens in his absence. For him to open his gutter and pass insolent languages on me.”
The outspoken Kogi representative expressed readiness to apologise if he is found guilty of any negative reaction, adding that he was not a coward because he fights his own battles. Melaye further reiterated his support for Senate President, Bukola Saraki whose victory he asserted, is a wound which the Tinubus’ are yet to recover from, disclosing that Bola Tinubu, former Lagos state governor had earlier called him to back off Saraki but he refused.
Revealing his ambition of becoming the president of Nigeria, Senator Dino Melaye said that there has been a lot of misinformation, lies, blackmail and planted stories just to discourage his person and personality but added that he remains undeterred.
Senator Dino Melaye said he saw on social media that Tinubu said that this was the end of his political career. “Tinubu is no God”, he said. Continuing Dino Melaye said:
“I fear only the God Almighty. I fear no soul, I only respect souls. So far my political journey to the House of Representatives and the Senate have no political, financial or moral contribution of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the God who has brought me this far is mighty, strong and enough to take me further, what God has given me no man can give and what God has given to me no man can take.
“I want to assure you that this is the true story of what transpired. It is falacious, malicious and a lie that I said I will impregnate Mrs. Tinubu.
“Biologically, it is even impossible to impregnate Mrs. Tinubu because she has arrived menopause. If you also look at that statement for those of us who are intellectually mobile, how can you say you want to beat somebody and at the same time you want to impregnate the person if you juxtapose the two is there any correlation, does it make any logical sense. So, when they planted this falsehood they did not think deeply.
“I want to say that I will continue to uphold the culture the tradition, the values of the Kogi West Senatorial district and I will not abuse it. But it is absurd for a woman to look for her colleague and call him a thug and a dog when he has not personally addressed you.
“Unfortunately, I did not have the anointing to be quite when you are being insulted I replied accordingly. I repeat there is no reaction without an action. If she did not call me a dog or a thug there is no way I would have responded. I responded!
“I have no regrets for responding and defending my person and if tomorrow or in the next 1hour, Senator Tinubu again called me any name I shall equally respond accordingly.”
Reports had it that Senator Dino Melaye threatened to ‘impregnate’ and beat up Remi Tinubu as they engaged in a verbal fight which stemmed from the proposed trial of the Senate leadership over forgery, a case for which Senate president, Bukola Saraki; his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and other officers were recently charged to court.
However, some Senators were said to have called on their colleagues, led by Senators Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi representing Kaduna North senatorial district and Kabir Marafa representing Zamfara Central senatorial district to withdraw the petition that had led to the prosecution of Senate leadership.
Melaye was said to have called on his colleagues to fight the presidency and also reportedly issued threats during the rowdy session.