Senators gang up against Kogi lawmaker for 'harassing' Tinubu's wife

Melaye, in a bid to silence Senator Tinubu during the heated session, reportedly threatened to beat her up and used unprintable words against her.

Dino Melaye, Bola Tinubu and Remi Tinubu

Representative of Lagos east senatorial district, Gbenga Ashafa, and  Solomon Adeola of the Lagos west condemned use of abusive and vulgar words against Senator Oluremi Tinubu, who was said to have challenged Melaye's impeachment move against President Muhammadu Buhari over the forgery charges slammed on the senate leadership.

Melaye, in a bid to silence Senator Tinubu during the heated session, reportedly threatened to beat her up and used unprintable words against her.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, July 13, Ashafa and Adeola said Melaye's misconduct undermined the reputation of the upper chamber.

The lawmakers expressed readiness to testify in court “on the side of the truth as part of the resolution of any conflict in the upper chamber”.

“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 statement read.

“As distinguished members of the red chamber, we are strongly in favour of resolving ANY conflict that has arisen in course of our representation and national duty through dialogue and due process and we will not be part of any solution obtained through any form of coercion, threat, intimidation and ungentlemanly conduct of the distinguished office of a senator.

“We dissociate ourselves from the comments and behavior of Senator Dino Melaye (APC – Kogi West) 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.

“While condemning the use of any vulgar and un-senatorial language in all ramifications, we particularly take offense to the use of such abusive and denigrating words against the person of Distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC- Lagos Central).

“As such words greatly demeaned the female gender and the hallowed chamber of the Senate.

“Finally, pursuant to the threat of physical abuse against Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC- Lagos Central) by Senator Dino Melaye (APC- Kogi West), we state that we are not lily-livered and cannot be intimidated or deterred from our primary assignment of representing the good people of Lagos state and carrying out our national duties of law making, even if it entails testifying in court on the side of the truth as part of the resolution of any conflict in the upper chamber.”

In reaction to Melaye's alleged misconduct, Sunday Dare, spokesman to Bola Tinubu, had said the Kogi lawmaker has plotted his own downfall for threatening Mrs. Tinubu, stressing that he would regret his action.

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