‘Se­nate must in­ves­ti­gate Me­laye’s at­tack on Tin­ubu’

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Mo­hammed Shosanya,Lagos By Muideen Olaniyi

The lead­ers of the Lagos Cen­tral Sen­a­to­rial District have called for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mo­tives be­hind Se­na­tor Dino Me­laye’s al­leged at­tack on Se­na­tor Oluremi Tin­ubu, wife of the APC Na­tional Leader, Se­na­tor Bola Ahmed Tin­ubu.

Se­na­tor Me­laye was al­leged to have ver­bally as­saulted his col­league, Se­na­tor Oluremi Tin­ubu, dur­ing an ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion of the Se­nate on Tues­day.

The lead­ers made known their de­mand, yes­ter­day, in a state­ment signed by the APC chair­man of Lagos Cen­tral Sen­a­to­rial District, Chief Ta­judeen, vice chair­man, Mr Fouad Oki, and act­ing sec­re­tary, Ha­keem Bamg­bola.

The state­ment

The All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) has de­scribed as ‘laugh­able’ a plan by some sen­a­tors to im­peach Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, de­scrib­ing the Tues­day’s meet­ing where the stage for the process was al­legedly set as “a huge joke taken too far”.

The party, in a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day, by its Na­tional Sec­re­tary, Mai Mala Buni, ad­vised the sen­a­tors in ques­tion to con­cen­trate on con­demned Me­laye’s at­tack on Tin­ubu, say­ing that the de­vel­op­ment be­trayed what was ex­pected from an oc­cu­pant of a seat in the Se­nate.

“We con­sider Se­na­tor Dino’s be­hav­iour as un­be­com­ing of the ex­alted of­fice he holds and want to re­mind him that he can­not mus­cle a col­league and a rank­ing se­na­tor for that mat­ter,” the state­ment.

“The right of ev­ery se­na­tor is guar­an­teed and Dino can­not seek to cir­cum­scribe it. The found­ing fa­thers of our democ­racy left be­hind a tra­di­tion of dis­ci­pline, deco­rum and self­less pa­tri­o­tism. We hope the 8th Se­nate will up­hold this tra­di­tion.

“We stand be­hind Se­na­tor Oluremi Tin­ubu and firmly sup­port her ac­tiv­i­ties in the Se­nate. We salute her courage and con­sis­tent de­fence of demo­cratic prin­ci­ples and the rule of law. Se­na­tor Oluremi Tin­ubu, a rank­ing Se­na­tor has a tra­di­tion of speak­ing truth to power and never one to be cowed. Lagos State re­gards Se­na­tor Dino’s at­tack as an af­front on Lagosians and its po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship.”

Me­laye was also ac­cused of in­sti­gat­ing im­peach­ment plot against Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari and had re­port­edly said he would beat Se­na­tor Tin­ubu for con­demn­ing his moves.

But Me­laye, in a state­ment he is­sued, yes­ter­day, de­nied the al­le­ga­tions say­ing: “It is per­ti­nent to note that the in­cred­u­lously machi­nated mis­in­for­ma­tion was or­ches­trated by forces bent on desta­bil­is­ing the up­per cham­bers of the Nige­rian par­lia­ment for self­ish rea­sons.”

Chief John Oye­gun

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