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How Dino Melaye cried, sustained knee injury as he lost PDP primary in Kogi State

Dino Melaye weeps, sustain knee injury as he loses PDP primary in Kogi State (Photos)Famous Senator Dino Melaye is not in good mood as you are reporting this. This is not the best of times for Senator Dino Melaye who lost the Governorship election ticket to Engr Wada on Wednesday.

Musa Wada, a younger brother of the immediate past Governor Idris Wada, who also contested for the ticket, scored 748 votes to clinch the party ticket and emerge flag bearer for the November 16 governorship election.

He was closely followed by Abubakar Mohammed Ibrahim, the son of a former governor, Ibrahim Idris (Ibro), who polled 710 votes. The immediate past governor, Capt. Wada, came third with 345 votes while Senator Melaye polled 70 vote to emerge fourth.

Dino Melaye who is yet to make any statement since the result got released sustained injury during the violence that broke out during the primary election.Dino Melaye weeps, sustain knee injury as he loses PDP primary in Kogi State (Photos)

Why Dino Melaye sued Kogi Gov. Yahaya Bello to court

Senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, has vowed to drag Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello to court. Melaye said he would sue Bello and the State House of Assembly over illegality of Local government Caretaker Chairmen and ensure that they are jailed.
He made this known in a tweet. It reads;

”I’m heading to court this week to sue Yahaya Bello & Kogi State House of Assembly over the illegality of the L.G caretaker chairmen. From my concluded investigation they will all end up in prison for corruption. We are fine tuning our petition and the world will be shocked.. SDM”

Who wants Dino Melaye dead?

Image result for dino melayeIt has been reported that the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, has again accused the state government of planning to assassinate him on March 8 or 9.

Melaye, who emerged the winner of last Saturday’s senatorial election made the allegation in a message posted on his verified Twitter handle on Sunday.

Politics: Why Senator Dino Melaye sit with P D P Senators

Image result for dino melayeThere have been rumors that Senator Dino Melaye has decamped to P D P due to the battle he had with the Nigeria Police recently.

According to reports the embattled lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, attended plenary on Wednesday in a cervical collar and supported himself with a walking stick.

Melaye had not been at the Senate for over one month due to his faceoff with the men of the Nigeria Police ahead of his arraignment before Abuja and Kogi State courts over alleged gun-running and attempted suicide.

He was hospitalised over injuries he sustained in one of the attempts to arrest him.

At the plenary, Melaye raised a point of order to thank the Senate, the House of Representatives and their leaderships for defending him during his travails.

He said, “I indeed thank ‘Kogites’ and specially also appreciate the Peoples Democratic Party for making statements during my recall exercise and asking everyone to stay back. Politics has been shown not to be individualistic but to be about issues and purpose. So, to the national chairman of the PDP and indeed the executive of the PDP in Kogi State, I salute you, I salute you, I salute you.

“I want to say I am alive because God defended me. But I want to say that the Nigeria police attempted to kill me twice, first through the application of a chemical substance and the second time through injection. They actually came with an injection to inject me but God intervened.”

Melaye’s speech became dramatic when he urged the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, to direct the sergeants-at-arms to provide another seat for him at the side of the minority PDP section of the chamber, saying that he would sit beside former Senate President, David Mark, in the interim.

He said, “I have a special request from you, Mr. President, that because of the trauma I went through and I am still going through, I want to seek your indulgence that you will call on the sergeants-at-arms to look for a comfortable seat for me on this side (pointing at the PDP roll) of the divide because I am no longer comfortable sitting here.

“So, I want to ask Mr. President that you mandate the sergeants-at-arms tomorrow (Thursday) to look for a seat for me on this other divide of the chamber. And that before you do that, today through the help of my walking stick, I will take a comfortable seat close to ‘Papa General’ Senator David Mark, pending when you get me a comfortable seat on this side.”

Members of the PDP, after Melaye’s speech, ushered him to a seat beside Mark’s where he sat till the end of the session. The former Senate President was, however, not on seat during the period.

Saraki ruled that there was no need for Melaye to relocate to another seat.

He said, “Senator Dino, you made a request which I can’t see the reasons why you now want to sit elsewhere. Is it due to your injury or what? As far as I am concerned Senator Dino, I still know you with that seat. I take note of your request and I take note of your comments.”

The Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, said, “Senator Dino Melaye remains one of the distinguished senators of the APC stock. Let me for the first time reveal that the seats on this (the APC) side are better arranged, positioned and more comfortable. I sat there (the PDP side) for eight years and I know how the seats there are. I have sat here (the APC side) for the last three years and I know the difference. We have the best seats to give to our colleague, friend and brother on this side. If he is no longer comfortable with your seat, we will find any other one here for him.”

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, however, raised a “constitutional order.”

Quoting the constitution, he stated that the primary purpose of government was the security and welfare of the citizens.

He said, “Dino came here this morning and complained about where he sits and he said he would be more comfortable to sit somewhere else; that is welfare. As a government, we owe the duty to Dino to ensure that his welfare is well protected here. That is a provision of the constitution and he has not asked for too much.”

The Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, said, “I want to welcome Senator Dino to sit here. We are not complaining. We must be our brother’s keeper.”

In his final ruling, Saraki said, “Senator Dino’s concern is about his comfort and state of mind. None of us has been through what Senator Dino has been through and neither had these rules foreseen this kind of situation.

Members of the PDP, after Melaye’s speech, ushered him to a seat beside Mark’s where he sat till the end of the session. The former Senate President was, however, not on seat during the period.

Saraki ruled that there was no need for Melaye to relocate to another seat.

He said, “Senator Dino, you made a request which I can’t see the reasons why you now want to sit elsewhere. Is it due to your injury or what? As far as I am concerned Senator Dino, I still know you with that seat. I take note of your request and I take note of your comments.”

The Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, said, “Senator Dino Melaye remains one of the distinguished senators of the APC stock. Let me for the first time reveal that the seats on this (the APC) side are better arranged, positioned and more comfortable. I sat there (the PDP side) for eight years and I know how the seats there are. I have sat here (the APC side) for the last three years and I know the difference. We have the best seats to give to our colleague, friend and brother on this side. If he is no longer comfortable with your seat, we will find any other one here for him.”

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, however, raised a “constitutional order.”

Quoting the constitution, he stated that the primary purpose of government was the security and welfare of the citizens.

He said, “Dino came here this morning and complained about where he sits and he said he would be more comfortable to sit somewhere else; that is welfare. As a government, we owe the duty to Dino to ensure that his welfare is well protected here. That is a provision of the constitution and he has not asked for too much.”

The Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, said, “I want to welcome Senator Dino to sit here. We are not complaining. We must be our brother’s keeper.”

In his final ruling, Saraki said, “Senator Dino’s concern is about his comfort and state of mind. None of us has been through what Senator Dino has been through and neither had these rules foreseen this kind of situation.

Melaye update: Senators invite IGP, Ibrahim Idris for interrogation

Image result for Dino MelayeIt has been reported that Senators yesterday resolved to adjourn plenary in solidarity with one of their own, Senator Dino Melaye, who is being held by the police in Abuja.

The upper chamber also resolved to invite Inspector General Ibrahim Idris to throw light on the circumstances that led to the arrest and detention of Melaye.

The police boss is to appear before the Senate in plenary by 1 pm today to explain alleged inhuman treatment being meted to the Kogi West senator.

Early yesterday, photographs went viral depicting Melaye in handcuff on his hospital bed.

Senators took turns to condemn what they described as “denigration and calculated onslaught against the institution of the Senate”.

Senator Samuel Anyanwu (Imo East), after what appeared subdued anger and apprehension in the chamber, drew the attention of his colleagues to the arrest, detention and hospitalisation of Melaye allegedly on police order.

Anyanwu, who came under order of privilege, told the Senate that he was aware that Melaye was being treated “like a common criminal”.

Senator Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu North), who seconded the motion, described it as an important motion that should be given the attention it deserved.

Senator Isa Hamman Misau (Bauchi Central) noted that even police statement on the matter was clear that Melaye’s case was still an allegation.

Misau insisted that “an allegation remains an allegation until proven to be true”.

Developing story:

Related imageDeveloping story about Senator Dino Melaye has it that police are laying seige outside his Abuja home.

The embattled Senator Dino Melaye therefore has announced plans to surrender himself to the police later today. He made his plans known in a post he shared on his Facebook page this morning.

”I will make myself available to the police today. My resolve to speak the truth and defend the poor masses of NIGERIA is Total. We shall overcome!!!” he wrote

It would be recalled that Dino was stopped from traveling out of the country yesterday. He was on his way to Morocco for an official assignment when he was withheld by the police and Immigration officers.Dino Melaye to surrender himself to police today

He was later released and allowed to go home. Hours later, the police stormed his home and laid seige around it. Dino says there are plans to kill him for speaking the truth to government.

Why Dino Melaye is under arrest

Image result for dino melayeIt has been widely reported that Senator Dino Melaye has been stopped from travelling out of the country and is presently under arrest.

Melaye made this claim in a tweet on Monday morning.

“Stopped from traveling and under arrest. No retreat no surrender. Talk we must.

‘ I have just been arrested at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport on my way to Morocco for an official engagement sponsored by the Federal Govt after checking in,” ” he wrote in the tweet also shared on instagram.

Immigration officers who stopped Melaye from boarding his flight claimed they were acting on instructions from the Police.

The Nigerian Immigration Service, (NIS) spokesman, Sunday James confirmed the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye at the Nnamdi Azikiwe international Airport.

James later told The Nation that the arrest was a daily routine assignment.

When asked further why he was arrested, James said he cannot speak further and stated that: “What I can tell you is that the arrest is a routine assignment.”

Melaye who was allegedly accused of supplying arms to some murder suspects,  had recently been declared wanted by the police some weeks ago.

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