Dino Melaye: Deviant With A Cause

By cattnews on June 20, 2017

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Has the mastermind behind the gang-up against the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the Federal House of Senate, in the person of, Senator Dino Melaye, finally won the battle?

On Monday, June 19, the Special Adviser to the state governor on political affairs, Mr Pius Kolawole announced in Lokoja while addressing party members from the district, that 188, 588 voters, representing 52.3 per cent of the total number of registered voters in Kogi West senatorial district have approved the recall of Melaye from the senate.

He said that the collation of signatures of voters to that effect was carried out successfully on June 17.

Kolawole commended voters in the district for turning out en masse for the exercise, saying that Section 69 of the 1999 constitution backed their action.

“In 2015, we voted for Dino and now we are using the same method to return him home,” he said.

Announcing the result of the collation, the Returning Officer, Mr Adamu Yusuf said that 188, 588 out of the 360,098 in the senatorial district endowed Melaye’s recall.

While giving the breakdown of the result per the seven local governments in the district, Yusuf said that 18, 374 of the total number of 35,331 registered voters in Yagba East approved the recall.

Others are 9, 186, out of 18,356 voters in Mopa-Muro local government, 24, 703 out of 46, 810 voters in Yagba West, 63,736 out of 116,296 in Lokoja Local Government and 24,283 out of 46,819 in Ijumu Local Government.

In Kabba/Bunu Local Government, 28,277 out of 60, 520 voters endorsed the recall, while 24,703 out of 46,810 voters in Kogi Local Government voted for move to recall Melaye.

According to Yusuf, with this, the next move is to submit the document to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the next action.

To the discerning, the fate of Melaye was sealed almost about the same time he got elected into the country’s House of Senate.

Melaye was to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, what the past Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Alhaji Abdulmumini Jibrin was to the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Honorable Yakubu Dogara.

The two, resiliently,  assisted their principals to thwart the efforts of the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Party (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to impose his own candidates on the country’s National Assembly.

Melaye’s trouble did not stop there, he had a terrible face-off with the wife of Tinubu, who is also in the Senate.

Those who understand how things sometimes work in an unscrupulous political environment as it obtains in Nigeria knew that Melaye’s time in the Senate was almost running out.

Aside the two cited situations, Melaye’s bold and robust attitude on the floor of the House of Senate turned him into a wanted fellow.

Having overcome such challenges as certificate falsification, assassination attempt, unending disputes with the governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, this recall exercise, most probably turned out to be the effective option.

The outcome of the recall exercise was announced, earlier than Monday's official announcement,  by Bello, himself, who had referred to Melaye as a ‘deviant’ who should not be allowed to sit with other members of the Senate, after his recent ‘official’ visit to the acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

Bello, in his chat with the state correspondents, used that term.    

The danger in the outcome of this exercise is that a House of Senate without a ‘Dino Melaye’ is a hollow chamber that would soon turn to a rubber stamp arm of the government, the way Tinubu has always wanted it.

He (Tinubu) has, probably, neutralized Saraki, who is currently relishing his freedom from the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). Lately, he has been doing the ‘double talk’.

Another hitherto sane voice, Senator Shehu Sani has been silenced for some time now, leaving only Melaye.

Dogara is the next target. The sudden interest of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which, recently, invited the suspended Jibrin, to clarify allegations that the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, and three other principal officers “padded” the 2016 budget in excess of N40billion, is not to be taking lightly.

One does not need to visit a diviner to know that Dogara will soon be the next point of pressure.

Perhaps what most Nigerians have again refused to see is that Tinubu is another ‘Evil Genius’ in the making.

The unfortunate thing is that prominent Nigerians are, simply, standing aside, distracted and consumed by their self-centeredness and infighting among themselves, thus giving him the opportunity to arrogate as much power to himself as possible.

The absence of president Muhammadu Buhari, who is away on medical vacation, is not helping matters. 

Or else, how could one explain an Osinbajo saying that the Senate cannot vet the appointment of EFCC's acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, citing 1979 constitution and also claiming that the National Assembly cannot adjust the Appropriation Bill.

The answer is in any of the following, he is not reading his books right; he is intentionally being mischievous; lastly, he is speaking someone else’s mind.

Whichever the case may be, the executive should not be allowed to ride roughshod over the other arms of government.

It has nearly succeeded with the judiciary, which would soon be tuned into a rubber stamp of the ruling APC.

Already, the judiciary has been clinically divided into two; those who have been labelled corrupt judges/justices because they would not follow the dictates of the APC leadership and thus vilified accordingly while the other camp belongs to those who are following the dictates of the leaders of the party and are thus corruption accusations free.

An institution, already, taken is the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the series of inconclusive elections that plagued the country at the outset of this administration were not by chance, although the commission’s chairman, Prof Yakubu Mahmood tried to explain away the reality when confronted with that fact.

The trouble plaguing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) could at least be traced to Tinubu, former president Olusegun Obasanjo and former military president Ibrahim Babangida.

And a country with only one mega-party contesting with a mushroom of smaller parties could not be said to be running a democracy.

Source cattnews

Posted 20/06/2017 01:14:57 AM

 

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