OUTSPOKEN Dino Melaye who represents Kogi West in the senate has come under intense fire over his alleged verbal attack on fellow senator, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu.
Few hours after the incident which took place during senate executive session, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and two senators from Lagos, Bareehu Olugbenga Ashafa and Solomon Olamilekan Adeola representing Lagos East and Lagos West respectively, have separately reacted to the alleged threat by Melaye to beat up Mrs. Tinubu.
Asiwaju Tinubu who yesterday spoke through his aide Sunday Dare, dared the Kogi-born lawmaker to carry out his threat.
“And if Dino thinks nothing will happen if he dares beat up another senator, then he must be living in a fools’ paradise. Things will happen” Dare wrote on Twitter.
He described Melaye’s misconduct as a “disgrace to the Senate.”
“Dine Melaye sunk to the lowest today. From this point, it is downhill for him. A disgrace to the senate of the Republic.”
But despite Melaye denial of the allegation, which reportedly took place at a close-door session of the red chamber, senators Ashafa and Adeola flayed Melayes’s alleged “un-senatorial conduct.”
“We deplore in very strong terms the use of abusive, threatening, uncouth, vulgar and un-parliamentary language by any senator against any other senator, particularly our female colleagues,” the lawmakers said in a statement.
“We dissociate ourselves from the comments and behavior of Senator Dino Melaye at the Executive Session of 12th July 2016 as we represent people known for finer character and noble culture of social interaction.
“We equally state that we will be part of efforts to instill and enshrine decorum and gentlemanly conduct associated with the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The duo said they were in favour of resolving any conflict arising in the course of their representation and national duty through dialogue and due process and would not be part of any solution obtained through any form of coercion, threat, intimidation and ungentlemanly conduct of the distinguished office of a senator.