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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.

Trending: Senator Dino Melaye mocks critics over reports that FG has filed charges against him Assassination attempt

Assassination attempt: Dino Melaye mocks reports that FG has filed charges of false claims against him

It is very obvious that the fight between Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and Dino Melaye is getting tough everyday.

Yesterday, there were reports that the Federal government has filed charges against Dino Melaye for falsely accusing the chief of staff of Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, David Edward Onoja, of plotting the assassination attempt on his life in April 2017.

Dino took to his I G page to mock the report. He shared this photo on his I G page and wrote:

Assassination attempt: Dino Melaye mocks reports that FG has filed charges of false claims against him

A legislator may die soon – Primate Ayodele unveils revelation about Bukola Saraki

Primate Ayodele unveils revelation about Bukola Saraki, says a legislator may die soonA revelation has been reported which might take a life of a legislator.

Lots of prophecies have been unveiled about Nigerian leaders in 2017 and it appears the men of God are still revealing more prophecies. Just recently the General Overseer of Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele revealed that all prosecutions are not over yet for the Senate President Bukola Saraki.

It was reported that the man of God had earlier warned Saraki in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Reacting to the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over the weekend, Primate Ayodele revealed he can see a friction between the presidency and senators. He added that a legislator is likely to die.

He said: “There would still be a friction between the senators and the presidency. We must also pray against the death of a member of the National Assembly. We should pray that Nigerians would not cry. We have been saying since 2015 that corruption will fight back the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. We had also predicted in the yearly book of prophecy that a notorious kidnap kingpin would be arrested. That is contained in the 2016/2017 edition of the Warnings to the Nation.” Primate Ayodele also made a revelation about the Governor of Kogi state Yaya Bello. He disclosed that there would be serious attempts to rubbish his government.

He said: “We warned Governor Yaya Bello that there would be serious attempt to rubbish his government. Now God is telling the governor to tread softly on the tango between himself and Senator Dino Melaye.”

Speaking on the quit notice given to Igbos in Kaduna, the man of God said that: “The quit notice handed out to our Igbo brothers and sisters in the north is a strong indication that Nigeria is nearing a breaking point. It is only God that can save us from the imminent break-up and even destabilization.”Primate Ayodele unveils revelation about Bukola Saraki, says a legislator may die soon

Politics: Poly student dies during Dino Melaye’s rally at Kogi

As reports revealed a, student of the Kogi State Polytechnic, Felele, Saka Seidu, was on Monday shot dead during a rally organised by Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West in Lokoja, the state capital.

Melaye was in Lokoja to address his supporters on the ongoing attempt by his constituents to recall him.

Melaye had arrived the gate of the Kogi State Polytechnic, Felele at about 11am to address his supporters.

Midway into his address to the youths, sporadic gunshots were heard from the NATACO end of the Okene/Abuja Road. This led to a commotion among the youths comprising mainly students of the institution.

Punch reporter who witnessed the episode, reported that Seidu, described as one of the supporters of Governor Yahaya Bello, was shot dead in the fracas.

Seidu was allegedly shot with a pump action gun by an unconfirmed supporter of Melaye.

It was however, learnt that Seidu was allegedly shot dead by Melaye’s security details.

Another version said that the deceased was shot dead after he allegedly shot into the crowd and injured some of them.

Seidu’s death, it was learnt, led to a serious clash between the supporters of the governor and Melaye.

The exchange of gun fire between the two groups lasted over one hour before the arrival of both the Special Adviser on Security Matters to the State Governor Air Commodore Jerry Omodara (retd.) and the state Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu.

Speaking with journalists at the scene,  Inalegwu blamed Melaye for the clash, saying the senator did not obtain police permit for the rally.

He added he would report Melaye “to the authorities.”

Meanwhile, Melaye has described the invasion of his rally as the second assassination attempts on his life.

The senator said two of the operatives of the Department of State Services attached to him were shot by the gunmen.

Though he denied that his supporters killed the deceased, Melaye added that a pump action gun recovered from Seidu had been handed over to the DSS office in Lokoja.

The governor, who visited the scene of the incident with some security men at about 3.15pm, said he was shocked about the development.

He urged the security agents to investigate the incident. He confirmed that only one person lost his life during the shootout.

Bello expressed gratitude to the state police command for pledging  its readiness to investigate the matter and to bring the perpetrators to justice.To God be the glory

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