Nigeria News: Melaye’s Many Troubles
Nigeria News takes a look at the many troubles facing Senator Dino Melaye.
Hopefully, Senator Dino Melaye will be discharged from the national hospital, Abuja of the injury he sustained when he jumped off a moving van of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad about a week ago but there is no assurance that he will be freed by the police.
At the weekend, the embattled senator survived the plot by his constituents to recall him. The exercise failed as it could not garner the required 51 percent signatories of the petitions to recall him.
It only managed to get 5.34 percent of signatures verified by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to the INEC Commissioner, the out of a total of 351, 146 registered voters in Kogi West Senatorial district, only 189, 870 were said to have signed the petition to recall the senator.
However, only 20, 868 constituents came out for the verification but only 18, 742, representing just 5.34 percent of the signatories, voted in support of Melaye’s recall.
Melaye may have been loved by his people by these results but his outspokenness and lack of decorum both within and outside the red chamber may have been a thorn in the flesh of many of his foes, including the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello who are bent on caging the lousy lawmaker.
Melaye is a fighter but he has failed in choosing his fights. He has an answer, either reasonable or not for anybody who challenges his excesses.
He chooses a path of violence to settle a dispute with his critics and most of his fights he has won but yet failed to win the real battle. Recalled his aggression as a member of the House of Representatives where his clothes were torn by a female colleague.
His unguarded utterances against Senator Oluremi Tinubu and some other members of the Senate. Before he began to have the problem with his state governor, Bello, Senator Melaye had a long battle with the former Senate leader, Ali Ndume, which of course led to the query of his university’s degree certificate.
Melaye survived the probe while Ndume went on six month-suspension. Melaye has been lucky all through but with the allegation of gun running against him by the police, it seems the Senate will not be able to save the garrulous lawmaker.
He has been a stooge at the Senate, especially with the release of songs to make a mockery of his adversaries. However, Melaye is at the receiving end this time, recuperating at the Intensive Care Unit of the national hospital where he cannot give out a new video clip of “Ajekun Iya”.
The best Melaye could sing in the last one week is that the police had denied him of food and access to his lawyer. He told the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki who led other members of the Senate to the hospital.
For the fear that Melaye may attempt suicide, the police have become more careful and would want whosoever that would bring food to him to taste it first.
The Senate, no doubt is ready to save one of its own when it summoned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris so as to explain the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Melaye and how he landed in the hospital.
Idris shunned the Senate but had been asked to appear on Wednesday. Until then, Melaye’s troubles remain unresolved.